Today’s Thoughts: Out of all that we hear in our readings today the phase that sticks out to me comes from our first reading from the Book of Genesis. God says to Adam, “Where are you?” Pope Francis has often referred to this question by God. He sees it as an important question that we constantly need to ask ourselves. “Where are we?”
Where are we in our relationship with God? Where are we in our faith? Where are we in our journey through life? Where are we? Do we have the faith of St. Paul and a willingness to look beyond this life that we know to eternal life? Are we willing to see Jesus not just as a magician, a miracle worker? Or are we willing to see Jesus as the presence of God in our life, as a member of our family of faith?
Perhaps one of the purposes, one of the values of Sunday Mass is to take the time to pause and ask ourselves the question, “Where are we?” Where are we at this moment? Where are we as we begin a new week? Where are we as we face the challenges, the struggles, the difficulties of life? Can we see Jesus as part of the family? Can we realize that this life is only transitory and that what lies beyond it is far more important, far more valuable?
Sunday Eucharist can be a time and an opportunity to ask these questions and many others of ourselves. It can be a time to renew our faith and our hope. It can be a time to be with family, especially our large family of faith. It can be a time to be strengthened, healed, enlivened and renewed for the journey of life. But only if we let it!
Have a great Sunday everyone!
Fr. Paul R. Fagan, C.P. "Preacher on the Run"
Just a few thoughts to help you on your journey through life...let me know from time to time what you think...