(C) Sabbath/Based on September 25, 2015 Readings
We can ignore God all we like but that will not make Him or the truth of the Gospel irrelevant. We will reach a point in our lives when we have to make a decision for or against God. Jesus asks His disciples as He will ask us all who we think He is. What kind of relationship do we want to have with God? A relationship is always a two-way thing. He wants to be in a relationship with us and so we do not need to fear Him. He will make us feel at home.
A challenge that everyone faces today is busyness. Busyness can be the death of our relationships because we get distracted and we forget that it is important to simply be with one another. This is the essence of relationships — spending time with one another, with little or no planned agenda other than to be attentive to one another. The danger with labeling a person is that we can miss the real person behind the labels. This is part of the magic of Jesus as He relates to us — He does not have to protect Himself as He is sure of His identity and this gives us the confidence to let our defenses down as well.
Let us never be afraid to be the persons God created us to be. He has done so for a reason and we need to trust that He knew what He was doing when He created us. Sometimes it can be difficult to understand the wisdom of God — why He does or allows certain things to happen to us — so we simply need to trust Him and get on with living. It is a shame to come across a person who is afraid to be the person he really is. It is as though life passes them by and we are the poorer because we never get to see who they are and receive all that they have to offer.
- Fr. Steve Tynan, MGL
REFLECTION QUESTION: Have you ever been afraid to be the person God created you to be or to express your true personality?
Father, thank You for the gift of my life. May I never be ashamed or afraid to live my life to the full and to be the person You created me to be.