St. Clare of Assisi
Your Empty Bucket
Your Empty Bucket
Israel loved Joseph best of all his sons, for he was the child of his old age; and he had made him a long ornamented tunic. When his brothers saw that their father loved him best of all his brothers, they hated him so much that they could not say a kind word to him. (Genesis 37:3-4)
I have good news and bad news for you today. The bad news is we all have an empty bucket inside of our chest and the good news is only God can fill up that empty bucket. In this passage, Joseph’s brothers harbor ill-will or hatred against him to the point they could not say a kind word to him. Have you ever feel this way before? Frankly, there is sense of emptiness inside of you, as if the pump of your heart were sucking on air. At the moment you wake up, you are confronted with 3 movements in your heart like your stomach growls associated with hunger and an absence of food in the stomach.
Here are the 3 movements:
- at the minute you open your eyes, you perceive things. You see a person (persons) with a superior quality, achievement, or possession. (The brothers perceive that their father loved Joseph best)
-you desire that quality for yourself or wish that the other person lacked it. (The brothers desire to have what Joseph has.)
-the feeling of inferiority and frustration caused by deep sense of emptiness (empty bucket) leads to all source of behavior characters such as envy, jealousy, resentment, hate, gossip, withdraw… (They hated him so much that they could not say a kind word to him.)
What are you perceiving? What are you desiring? What are you acting?
The good news is only God can fill up your empty bucket. Never fail! Those that love God and have a relationship with Him have felt his care and concern for them over and over again. Count your blessings! Even when we go through hard times, we sense his presence. As Isaiah said:
All you who are thirsty, come to the water!
You who have no money, come, buy grain and eat;
Come, buy grain without money, wine and milk without cost!
Why spend your money for what is not bread; your wages for what does not satisfy?
Only listen to me, and you shall eat well, you shall delight in rich fare.
Pay attention and come to me; listen, that you may have life.
I will make with you an everlasting covenant, (Isaiah 55:1-3)
So, come to God with your empty/half empty bucket and He will fill your mouth with laughter and your lips with rejoicing. (Job 8:21)
At the wedding feast of Cana, the wine jars were out of wine, our Blessed Mother made the request to Jesus and He turns the enormous stone jars of water into a plentiful supply of wine. May she intercede for us that our emptiness be filled with God's grace and strengths.
Hail Mary full of grace…
Peace in Christ,
Father Vincent-Vuong Nguyen
Please take some time this Lent to attend one of the following penance services where you encounter the power of God’s merciful love.
March 6, Tuesday, 7:00 pm, Mary Queen
March 7, Wednesday, 7:00 pm, St. Paul
March 8, Thursday, 7:00 pm, St. Clare
March 13, Tuesday, 7:00 pm, St. Mary League City
March 15, Thursday, 7:00 pm, St. Helen
Sent by Fr. Vincent Nguyen on Friday, March 2 at 6:16AM