Eighth Sunday In Ordinary Time Year A February 27th, 2011

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Dear Friends

“One Day At A Time.” – Several years ago a country gospel singer named Christy Lane scored an international hit with a record titled “One Day At A Time.” “One day at a time–this is enough. Do not look back and grieve over the past for it is gone; and do not be troubled about the future, for it has not yet come. Live in the present, and make it so beautiful it will be worth remembering.” Its popularity probably had little to do with the tune, which was ordinary at best. Nor could you explain its appeal by referring to Ms. Lane’s voice. She has a nice voice, but were it the reason for the success of her song then each of her recordings would have gone gold. The bottom line is this: It was the words of the song that appealed to millions the world around, the words which deep down we all know are true and wish we had the faith to live up to. The best we can reasonably do in this world is to live one day at a time and leave the rest up to God. Too often, too many of us become trapped in the past or seduced by the future, to the point that we miss out on the present — which is actually all any of us ever have.

Do you remember
When you walked among men?
Well Jesus you know if you’re looking below
It’s worse now, than then.
Cheating and stealing, violence and crime
So for my sake, teach me to take
One day at a time.

“One day at a time, sweet Jesus.
That’s all I’m asking from you.
Just give me the strength
To do every day what I have to do.
Yesterday’s gone, sweet Jesus,
And tomorrow may never be mine.
Lord, help me today, show me the way
To trust you one day at a time.”


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