Memorial of Saint Vincent de Paul, priest
Why did I not perish at birth, come forth from the womb and expire? (Job 3:11)
Lord God, despair is the absence of hope. Job has lost his desire for a future because he believes it will be a future without You and all of the good things You had given him. Job hemmed himself in, not You.
We all make this mistake from time to time, confusing what we believe to be good for us with Your presence. Then, when what we trust in as good is absent we think that You are absent too. To know that all is gift, we must understand that all is gift in You. Let me see the path ahead, the path of hope, that is not hidden in time of distress, just unable for us to see because of our preoccupation with how much we like what we believe we deserve as good for us. When desperate, give me hope; I want to see.
Saint Vincent de Paul, pray for us.