December 09, 2007


Msgr. Robert Benson once said "We are all very simple; it is when we forget that, that we go wrong." Are we really very simple? Pick any day and I can give you several good examples of how complicated my life is. But is that complexity my nature... or my doing?

In his second letter to the Corinthian church, St. Paul writes:
For our boast is this, the testimony of our conscience that we have conducted ourselves in the world, and especially toward you, with the simplicity and sincerity of God, (and) not by human wisdom but by the grace of God. (2 Cor 1:12)
That we have conducted ourselves... with the simplicity and sincerity of God. At first thought, it doesn't seem like God is very simple. God is all-powerful; He can do anything. That's hardly simple. The more we think about it and really contemplate who God is - what He reveals of Himself to us in Scripture - we can see how very simple He is. God's own self-description is a mere two words: "I am". Simplicity, then, does not mean weakness or meekness. Those are the mightiest, surest words ever spoken.

Our lives, too, when you get right down to the core of what we are and what we're meant to do, are simple. Mary gave a very simple instruction during the wedding at Cana that she gives to each of us today, as well: "Do whatever He tells you."

It's that simple.

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