Pastoral Potpourri – Dcn. Mike
August 5, 2021
Ever have one of those times, like say when you are trying to figure out how to start something, that you feel like Elijah? To put his words to the Lord in a modern parlance, “Stick a fork in me, I’m done!” He walked as far as he could and fasted as much as he could; he was ready to die. Not in the cards though. It is often the same for us. We think we are done, spent or otherwise benched and the Lord taps us on the shoulder and says, “not yet good and faithful servant.” I still have hold of your hand, mind, heart. When we answer the call, we are revitalized by food and drink for the spirit and body.
Fill yourselves with my Words, they are the Words of everlasting light. It’s important that we understand that, just as Elijah, Paul and the people of Nazareth were fed by the Love of God; so too must we be open to receiving it, no matter what format. Take, for example, Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug and Cat Noir, the latest installment of the never-ending fare of children’s cartoons that Karen and I are exposed to by the generosity of our grandchildren. There is a half hour morality play in every episode: good vs. evil, fight evil impulses (with a little help), right is right even when faced with difficult choices. Good wins, evil loses (until the next time). Good lessons.
Another media gem I watched twice in 24 hours: Raya and the Last Dragon, one of Disney’s best for teaching the power of trust to overcome the darkest hour; you know, like “Trust in the Lord.” He is with you for whatever journey life presents to you.
For compassion, respect, and sensitivity the book “Building a Bridge” by Fr. James Martin, S.J. offers some insight into the Catholic way of living up to our Lord’s message of acceptance, inclusion, and love of all God’s people. This is another voice in the ongoing demand that we “Love one another as I have loved you.”
Well, there you have it, some ideas of how to fall asleep under the broom tree, rejoicing in the Lord and understanding how difficult that can be, even if you are God.
Peace and Blessings,