Hello! This blog post has been delayed for many reasons. I have written and rewritten it many times in the past two weeks! Picking up the pieces best describes these past two weeks. Getting back from our launch at World Meeting Of Families did not go as smoothly as anticipated. My show shipment arrived a week late and unpacking it all has been daunting! The amount of items I took along for the trip might suggest that I was going to be on the road for several months without food, water or access to washer and dryer! Have you ever had a trip like that? …And taking the car as opposed to a plane just accommodates that mode of thinking even more! Once home from the show, my vocation as a wife and mother took center stage, as expected…it is nice to be LOVED!
This past Sunday’s gospel reading was reminds us how important it is to keep God first in our lives. Sooo, after all my busy-ness of these past two weeks; of making sure my life has a particular order; a particular flow; getting every kid where they need to be; and getting all the merchandise back on the shelves…I plopped myself down in the pew for Sunday morning mass with my son, after his early morning basketball training, (my girls had their own schedule with my husband for the day), and I asked God to give me some direction as I prepared for the new week ahead. The gospel reading was about the rich man running up to Jesus and asking Him how to inherit eternal life. Already knowing that the rich man was a rule follower, Jesus told him to keep the following commandments: you shall not kill, commit adultery, steal, bear false witness and honor your father and your mother. The rich man exclaimed that he was already observing these commandments. But when talking to the man, Jesus intentionally left out the first three commandments…the ones about honoring God. Jesus did this intentionally to shine a light on the fact that many times, WE are just like the rich man…we follow the rules; or should I say we follow the rules that seem so obvious…the ones that would wind us up in jail or in deep, deep trouble with the ones we love here on earth. While those are excellent and very necessary rules to follow, how many times do WE forget to honor God? And maybe we don’t always forget God, but we say…”I’ll get to that prayer in a minute or at bedtime,” and that minute never comes or that bedtime prayer eludes us. God, as the Creator of all, deserves more than just rule followers. Jesus wants us to deeply understand this. Jesus could have just told the man, “you haven’t been giving honor to my Father,” but He didn’t. He told the story like this so that even in today’s age, the story causes us to ask more questions. Questions that lead us into a deeper understanding of the truth. And…Jesus is not just talking about the “rich man” because of his monetary wealth. He is speaking to each one of us who are “rich” in other ways too…rich in full social calendars; rich in watching our favorite TV shows; rich in ensuring that we have enough for our own need. When we are too rich in one area of our lives, other areas are lacking. In the case of the rich man, he did all the right things, but was lacking in a true relationship with God.
So, as I go about my daily living, one simple thought resonates with me. Before I begin my day of “rule following,” I wake up and take God with me and I include Him in my daily living. It is my prayer that you all will do the same!!!
Happy St. Teresa of Avila Feast Day to you!
You are all in my prayers daily.
Blessings and peace to you always,