Finding Jesus in the Busy
Dear sisters and brothers in Christ Jesus,
“Christ will be magnified in my body, whether by life or by death. For to me life is Christ, and death is gain. If I go on living in the flesh, that means fruitful labor for me…I long to depart this life and be with Christ, for that is far better. Yet that I remain in the flesh is more necessary for your benefit.”
What are we here on this earth to accomplish, and how much of our time is spent in pursuit of that goal? These big questions give a healthy dose of perspective to our lives as Christians. We believe that God created each of us on purpose; each of us has a part to play in God’s economy of salvation. First and foremost, our goal is to get to heaven and to help our spouses and children to that same goal. This is our natural obligation as human beings made in the image and likeness of the eternal God, and our duty as Christians in stewardship of God’s great gifts.
Do our daily habits reflect these priorities? How much of our time and effort is spent on the pursuit of heaven? How much of our time and effort do we spend in building up our own faith and the faith of those around us? Do we take seriously our obligation to form our own consciences and those of our children? When was the last time we cracked open our bible and catechism and refreshed our understanding of God’s Will for us? When was the last time we spoke about heaven and hell, sin and grace with our spouse or our children? What is standing in the way of living our lives with greater focus on heaven, of our becoming more effective witnesses to Jesus Christ and the saving power of God?
The hidden blessing of the COVID crisis has been the shaking up of our routines. Now is the perfect time for us to reevaluate our priorities and recommit ourselves to forming ourselves and our families to be more powerful witnesses to Christ Jesus. So many of our time-sinks have been taken away from us (sports, travel, hobbies, etc.), that we finally have the time to take charge of our spiritual lives again! So let us take the time that we have here and now in the flesh to make our labors more fruitful. I encourage you all to dive deeply into the bottomless ocean of our Catholic faith!
We have so many resources available to us. We have bibles and catechisms, bible studies, devotional prayers, lives of the Saints, audio books, movies, and more available at the click of a mouse on Formed.org. We have the tried and true resources of the Catechism of the Catholic Church and the bibles that we were given in our own CCD classes when we were children; they still work!
Most of all, we have each other. We can challenge each other, ask good questions of each other, encourage each other, and compete with each other to go deeper, to become more confident, capable, and convicted witnesses for Christ Jesus. Before you know it, we too will be able to say with St. Paul, “To me life is Christ, and death is gain,” and “Christ will be magnified in my body, whether by life or by death.” When we have the courage of the martyrs and the joy of the mystics, then we will know that we have done enough to conform ourselves to Christ and inspire faith in others, just like the Saints who inspire us.
Peace in Christ,
Father Matthew Kuhn