When we are young children it is easy for us to acknowledge we need our parents. One of the realities of growing up into adults is learning that we no longer need our parents for everything, and eventually realizing standing on our own. We start families and we enjoy professional carriers. Every now and then we encounter a situation for which we need help. Whether it be a health issue, a legal issue, or any number of personal relationship issues, as adults we appreciate that there are just some things we can’t do alone. We need help. Occasionally there are times when our family and friends, or even doctors, cannot help us. We need more than the world can offer. At those times, we turn to God. We come to His Church, get on our knees and ask God, begging Him for help.
If we’re honest with ourselves, most often we wait until the very last moment to come to God for help. We refuse to acknowledge that we need help. Sometimes we even walk away from God when His answer to our prayers doesn’t fit into the mold we expected. This was the case when a rich man asked Christ what he needed to do to live forever. Ultimately, Christ said, “You still lack one thing. Sell all that you have and distribute to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven, and come follow Me.” (Luke 18.22) This was too much for the rich man to bear. Instead of following Christ, the rich man walked away.
Realizing the total sacrifice that was required to follow Christ, the crowd asked, “Who then can be saved? But He said, ‘The things which are impossible with men are possible with God.’” (Luke 18.26-27) There will always be a time when we need God’s help. We can’t do everything on our own, we can’t save ourselves! Whether it is financial, health, relationships, or any other struggle we encounter, we need help. We need God.
As we continue our journey toward Christmas, during the Nativity Fast, I invite you to spend the remaining weeks in prayer, fasting, reading the Holy Scriptures, attend Church services, and even schedule a confession. God knows we need help, and He gave us the Church to help us. Allowing the Church to help in our struggles is a gift from God. The life of the Church helps us to remember that we can’t do it alone, but that it isn’t impossible when we follow Christ and His Church.