Fr. Roy Cimagala
Our life is, of course, like a puzzle. Mysteries and other inexplicable events and insoluble problems abound. There are many dots that need to be connected to see the whole picture. We can try to connect them our-selves, using our best efforts. But would that assure us of success?
If we have faith in God, then we would know that in him we have the best guarantee of seeing the whole picture, of finding meaning, reason and purpose for every-thing that takes place in our life.
God is the creator of the universe, the giver of existence to everything. As such, he is in every-thing and guides all to him, their ultimate end. In a manner of speaking, he has the master plan and knows what to do however the plan is executed by us who are supposed to be his agents. It’s he who can give us the whole picture, who gives the full meaning, reason and purpose for all the events in our life.
And with our sinfulness, it is he in Christ through the Holy Spirit who can resolve everything, giving us his mercy, restoring our dignity. He is the one that connects the dots and enables to see the whole picture.
God in Christ through the Holy Spirit is the one that connects heaven and earth, the spiritual and the material, the supernatural and the natural, eternity and time. He is the one who can right all wrongs, can make the impossible possible, can cure all sicknesses, can resolve all problems, can resurrect the dead.
We need to learn to refer everything to God. More than that, we have to live our life as fully as possible with God. This is not to undermine our autonomy and freedom. This is what would precisely perfect our freedom and assures us that we are using and living it properly.
In this regard, we have to learn to especially refer to him the mundane things of our life. We usually refer to him the sacred ones, but the mun-dane, the technical, etc., are usually regarded as having nothing to do with God. We have to correct that misconception.
In fact, it is in our mundane, technical and temporal affairs that are in great need to be referred to God. All of them play a role in the providence of God. We have to figure out how they should be pursued in keeping with God’s will and providence.
We have to develop some kind of instinct, an urge to refer everything to God. This can mean many things. One could be that before we start to do anything or to get involved in anything, we should already offer it to God, and in our prayers and meditation, try to discern how these things fit in God’s providence.
Such instinct and urge should lead us to see God in everything. If we have faith in him and are always inspired by hope and charity, we can readily see him wherever we are. And we can gradually understand his ways and play our part.
We can also be the ones addressed by Christ when he told the apostles: “Blessed are your eyes because they see, and your ears because they hear…Many prophets ad righteous men longed to see what you see but did not see it, and to hear what you hear but did not hear it…” (Mt 13,16-17). Fr. Roy Cimagala is Chaplain, Center for Industrial Technology and Enter-prise (CITE), Talamban, Cebu City. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org