A JUMBLE OF THOUGHTS
Last week we heard many of Jesus’ disciples who were listening to Him, respond by saying that “This is hard; who can accept it?” And many of them left and went home. Jesus then asked the Twelve, “Do also want to leave?” Simon Peter answered Him, “Master, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life. We have come to believe and are convinced that You are the Holy One of God.” (John 6:63c.68c)
How many hard choices do we walk away from or try to avoid? Do we leave our Lord because some of His people are sinners and thus we curse Him? Do we ever, short of being near death, consider eternity as part of current life choices?
Labor Day is here. How we got to this point so quickly remains a mystery. However, once again change is in the air and in our life styles. How much are we willing to change due to outer influences—the weather, clothing, schedules, etc.—and we balk at changing our inner life because it may be inconvenient?
My grandson (8) when asked what he wanted for his birthday had no answer at that moment. Days later he called me and said that he wanted a cross to wear around his neck. I, of course, beamed at the light in the tunnel. When asked why, he responded that all the baseball players wore big crosses around their necks and so he would like to as well. When I said that ‘crosses were not toys.’ he replied that his mother had already given him that talk. ‘Baseball players and other athletes wore these crosses to thank God for all His help in getting them to be so good and making the major leagues.’ And so it is a lesson to us all, that at first what seems to be off the mark really means that we need to be flexible and use whatever road is before us that can lead to our Lord.
Father Derek has asked me to make known that I write this bulletin notice so as clear up any confusion that might happened as to who is its author. So in the future, you just might find some personal references that I have not put forth in the past. I hope that this does not interfere with the magnificent concept that Stewardship: A Way of Life has always been this column’s purpose.