May your grace, O Lord, we pray, at all times go before us and follow after

Today we remember some journeys.  We recall Christopher Columbus, who sailed the ocean blue. St. Paul wrote the first reading today before he went on his own journey. He wrote the Book of Romans around 57, and he wrote it from Corinth. He was on his way to Rome, where he was set upon building a missionary hub before going to Spain. In any event, St. Paul’s journey took him all over the place.  Our journeys of faith are the same way. In our collect at Mass, we prayed: “May your grace, O Lord, we pray, at all times go before us and follow after and make us always determined to carry out good works.” Just as Columbus and St Paul went on journeys that were surrounded by God’s grace, our journeys of faith and life are the same way. Thanks be to God for that. We need never worry, never fret; God’s grace goes before us and follows after.