Luck vs Blessed

We Catholics often interchange and get confused between good luck and a blessing.  How many of us Catholics would also dabble in Feng Shui because of the “good luck” it brings. In our houses, while we may have the altar, we also display objects that bring “luck and good fortune”. What ends up happening then, is that when we ask for blessing, the intention is for good luck – for money to come in, for business to prosper, for nobody to get sick or have an accident. 

On the other hand, in the beatitudes, the truly blessed are those who trust God. Three reflections about trusting God and being blessed:

  • First, there is nothing permanent in life. Sometimes, we are up, and sometimes we are down. Sometimes life is quiet, and sometimes we deal with storms. Sometimes it is bountiful, sometimes there is scarcity. Being blessed is trusting that God will never abandon us no matter what we go through.
  • Second, while planning for life, which is very important, we often find ourselves in a situation we are unfamiliar with. In fact, it can be very difficult. Yet being blessed is trusting that God has a plan in all of these and that everything happens for a reason or purpose.
  • Third, while we need guidance in life, especially in the big decisions we have to make, we can be guided by prayer and the word of God. Being blessed is trusting that God’s word will not fail us because He is faithful and so it is with prayer. He answers all our prayers. 

That is why we remember to never desire good luck in our relationship with God. In fact, Jesus once said, “Seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness and all these things will be added unto you.”

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