While I prayed during the daily Mass on EWTN a few weeks ago, the response to the Responsorial Psalm was, “The earth is full of the goodness of the Lord.” This is taken from Psalm 33.
As I repeated these words, it made me stop and think. During these days of lockdowns, school cancellations, sheltering at home, social distancing, lost wages, inability to worship together in church, and business closures, we still witness so many good things. Whether we see goodness within our family, within our community, or within our country, God’s goodness and love are all around us.
I asked my 3rd grade PSR students and their families to think about where they see God’s goodness in the world right now. Here are some of the responses they sent me:
- Spending time together with family.
- Many people are coming together to keep frontline and everyone safe by making masks, gloves and hand sanitizer.
- God’s goodness is in my family, nature, food, my clothes, my home.
- More time for family dinners.
- Allows us to pray together.
- Helps us see things differently and makes us extra grateful for what we have.
- The environment has improved in many places because factories are shut down and there is little or no air pollution.
- Helping others…pick up groceries, donate to the food bank, send cards and pictures to make people smile.
Sometimes, we adults need to look at life’s events through the eyes of a child, with innocent trust. As I have heard in Fr. Mike’s homilies, we need to realize and accept that we are not in control, only God is. When we do that, it opens our hearts to see God’s goodness and love with childlike wonder and appreciation. In the midst of turmoil and struggles, God never changes and His goodness and love never end. This is His promise to us. We just have to be open to His will.
Thank you God for all Your goodness and love. Amen.
3rd Grade Catechist