Pastor’s Reflection for June 28, 2015
God created us out of love for love. We are called to be in an intimate relationship with Him and to be His instruments achieving the tasks He has planned for us to do. In our busy, noisy and hectic lives, we need to have balance to be effective servants of the Lord. There are basically five areas that we are told to keep in balance. When one of the following is out of balance, our relationship with the Lord and others will be affected.
- Spending daily time in prayer with the Lord. To begin, we can spend 10-15 minutes a day to praise, ask forgiveness, to thank, and to petition for what we need.
- Spending time with family and friends. Having meals together, going for rides, or walking. Relationships are important for psychological health.
- Spending a reasonable time for work. This is where one needs to be cautious. It is not healthy to bring work home from the office on a continual basis because it crowds many of one’s other activities.
- Spending time for nourishing one’s body. We need time for exercise, rest, and recreation. We need to do things that will help us to stay healthy.
- Spending time to worship with the community of believers. We are members of the Christian family and are called to support and encourage one another on our life journey.
So, how are you doing in attending these five areas? Each area needs to be part of our lives. To neglect or overextend any area will cause an imbalance which will have a negative effect in our lives. We all need to have balance in our lives. It is not easy in the world that we live in but it will be worth the effort in achieving the balance in these areas.
This Friday, July 3, is the feast of St. Thomas. When He saw the Risen Lord, he made the proclamation, “My Lord and My God.” He moved from a position of doubting to a position of fully committing his life to Jesus. He is a good example for us. Today we have many who are Christians by name but do not live as true disciples of the Lord. This world is in need of authentic Christians. Some modern day examples would be the people in South Carolina who publicly forgave the young man who shot and killed family members attending a Bible class in Church. May we who call ourselves Christians truly live as followers of Jesus in the public arena.
As a reminder, the monthly Healing Mass will be this Wednesday, July 1, starting with the recitation of the rosary at 7:00 p.m.
May Jesus continue to shepherd you in all of your needs.
God love you,