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By Fr. Nnamdi Moneme, OMV, Catholic Exchange, September 1, 2020
Fr. Nnamdi Moneme OMV is a Roman Catholic Priest of the Oblates of the Virgin Mary currently on missionary assignment in the Philippines. He serves in the Congregations’ Retreat Ministry and in the House of Formation for novices and theologians in Antipolo, Philippines. He blogs at www.toquenchhisthirst.wordpress.com.
I injured my knee a few years ago while playing soccer in a Manila college campus. I sat at the sidelines, looking at my hurting knee, seeing it swell up so fast, and feeling that throbbing sensation. The words that came out of my mind was typical, “Why this now, Lord Jesus? Why me? This is the last thing that I need right now.” My response showed that I was far from that complete surrender that Jesus asks of us as His disciples. I may have given myself to Him but I was now reluctant to accept the painful and disappointing things that He was offering to me.
We are not fully surrendered to God when we are busy picking and choosing what we like in life and rejecting what is not according to our preference or taste. On the other hand, a fully surrendered soul is one who lovingly accepts everything that comes his way out of love for God. …