In From the Vine
By Katesy Long
Photo by Cristian Newman via Unsplash.

Photo by
Cristian Newman
via Unsplash.

When I signed up for the blog for November 13th I had no idea what the Sunday readings were going to be.  As I researched the readings for writing this week’s blog and found them, I have to admit, I was a bit bummed out. They are not the feel good messages of the Song of Songs or some of the Psalms: at first glance, they are a bit of a “Debbie Downer.” The gospel tells us about Jesus saying, “All that you see here—the days will come when there will not be left a stone upon another stone that will not be thrown down.”  “See that you not be deceived, for many will come in my name, saying ‘I am he, and the time has come.’ Do not follow them!” “Before all this happens, however, they will seize and persecute you.” Yikes.

But here comes the punch line: “Remember, you are not to prepare your defense beforehand, for I myself shall give you a wisdom in speaking that all your adversaries will be powerless to resist or refute…but not a hair on your head will be destroyed. By your perseverance you will secure your lives.” Luke 21:5-19

Whew!

I feel like I am in the midst of what the Gospel is talking about. As a counselor I hear so much sadness and brokenness that is happening in so many lives right now. I read in the news of all the foundational beliefs of our country being challenged, the family, the church, and religious freedom to name a few. I have friends and family who have left the Church, left the faith, left Christianity and are following the latest glitter and bling being given to them by the culture, their friends or the media. They look at me like I have two heads when I want to say grace over a meal or go to Mass or talk about God. I sometimes wonder if I am crazy or if what is going on around me is really what’s crazy.

Then I remember, I am living in a war zone; I know who wins the war but the latest battle is for souls, so I soldier on and wait for the day when my adversaries are defenseless, praying for wisdom, and remembering the punchline of today’s Gospel. “I myself shall give you a wisdom in speaking.” God himself is going to provide my defense. The God of justice. The God of the universe. I know that God is real. I know that God loves me. Even in the midst of the darkness, the battle, the pain and the suffering those truths don’t change. Some days I don’t feel it, but each day I can make the choice to believe it and to stand in that belief until the time when I do feel it. “Not a hair on your head will be destroyed.  By your perseverance you will secure your lives.” Thank you Jesus!  Can I hear an Amen!!!

About the Author:
Katsey Long is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in private practice in Jackson, WY, where she works with children, adults and families. Katsey did her undergraduate work at Louisiana State katsy-1-cUniversity in Baton Rouge, LA and her Master’s Degree work at the University of Denver. Since 1990 she has actively worked to integrate the theological and spiritual framework of her Catholic faith into her profession. Her background includes teaching and working with families in the areas of inner healing, generational and family healing, across the United States and in Canada and in Rwanda working in the areas of trauma, forgiveness and healing wounded history with genocide survivors in that country. She is currently Executive Producer of a documentary film in Rwanda about the power of forgiveness (www.secretofpeace.com.) Katesy is a popular speaker at parish retreats and conferences around the US.  She is a member of the Association of Christian Therapists, Catholic Psychotherapy Association, and past President of the Jackson Council of Catholic Women.
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  • Elaine Baptista
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    Amen! Wish you were here in Massachusetts.

  • karen ferin
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    Katsey, wonderful blog. Thank you so much for sharing. I don’t know if you remember me, but my sister in-law Vicki Ferin, introduced us in Oak Grove. MN. If father ever needs someone to help get around, and you can’t make it just let me know. My offer still stands. God Bless, Karen Ferin.

  • Debbie Keller
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    Amen! Well-written and definitely relevant for our times. Perhaps I’ll see you in Texas at our next NCCW Convention?

  • Mary Lou McCall
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    You are a woman warrior of great faith! Grateful for your words of wisdom my friend!
    Mary Lou
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  • Alison Boyce
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    Katsey, Loved being a part of this blog! What a beautiful picture dear friend!

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