Wednesday, September 26, 2012
Feast of Saints Cosmas and Damian
Good morning. What is it we really want? Do we sometimes find ourselves wondering that if we weren’t so busy we would be happier and more fulfilled? As I sit here writing this morning, I am distracted by the pitter-patter of the rain and I find I need to make a deliberate effort at focusing on the task at hand. Our lives are a great deal like this. Most of us live lives of distraction. Most of us, when we take the time to consider such things, find that our lives are cluttered with numerous matters which serve only to distract us from those things which truly do matter. In today’s Gospel Jesus encourages His disciples to avoid any such things which might distract them from fulfilling the mission He has sent them on. “"Take nothing for the journey, neither walking stick, nor sack, nor food, nor money, and let no one take a second tunic.” We are called to do likewise, yet we fill our lives with stuff, and we surround ourselves with gadgets and gizmos and various activities to the point that we find ourselves missing out on those things we truly do want to embrace and cherish. Each of us is faced with the very same choices the disciples faced, either we allow ourselves to be perpetually distracted by the things of this world or we can choose to center our lives in Christ. Most of the stuff that we surround ourselves with is out of a need to fit-in. Truth is, as followers of Christ we are not intended to fit-in, we’re meant to stand-out, others should in fact notice our being different, different in our marriage, different in our relationship with our children, different in every way; we should be different in such a way that those around us come to see that we are on a mission, a mission of love for Christ. We need to break through the clutter of our everyday lives and embrace life in such a way that we come to know and appreciate daily Christ’s presence in our lives. Cosmas and Damian, the saints whose lives we celebrate today, and all the saints have come to know of passion and purpose which comes from living a life centered in Christ. If Christ is indeed at the center of our lives than our lives will make a difference and we will stand out from the rest, and we will be happier and more fulfilled. The rain is letting up. Make a great day!
Posted by Donald Gatwood at 8:49 AM