Katie Klee, one of Cathedral’s Theology teacher’s, was recently published in the Daily Gospel Reflection from Notre Dame. We are proud to have Ms. Klee teaching and leading our students at Cathedral! I hope her wonderful message below finds you all well!
Every day we deliver a message by our actions, our thoughts, our gestures, our expressions, and our words. Think about your day yesterday: if you were a walking advertisement, what is the message others would perceive you to be sharing?
Jesus asks us to “go into all the world and proclaim the good news to the whole creation.” Is our message one of “good news”—of faith, hope, and love?
Every day, I struggle to share this message of good news through my thoughts and actions. I go to sleep some nights with a sense of dread about the many things the next day will bring. Many mornings I drive to work with a sense of anxiety about how I will be able to be kind and present to all my students and colleagues. I often fuel the fire of negativity or pessimism in conversations with my friends and coworkers. I tend to let the weather or the things I see on social media dictate my mood or sense of security. At times I admit defeat before I even read the workout prompt at my gym. This type of living communicates fear, laziness, hopelessness, selfishness, insecurity, and an attitude that I’m living for myself by myself.
But that is not my reality. I believe in a God who promises to be with me always, who embodies a message of truth and of hope no matter the circumstance, and who empowers me to live through the Holy Spirit who helps guide and direct all my actions. This faith turns my fear and anxiety to into trust and peace. It turns my “what if’s” and daily tasks and encounters into moments of hope and love toward others. It makes every moment of every day an opportunity for God to work through me to bring “good news” to others.
So what message will we proclaim with our lives today? Will we allow God to work miracles through us and help bring hope to others? Or will we choose to live as if everything depends solely on us, our desires, and our fears?
May we center ourselves today on St. Augustine’s prayer: “Trust the past to the mercy of God, the present to God’s love, and the future to God’s providence.”