at this the bearers halted,
and he said, “Young man, I tell you, arise!”
Luke 17: 14
10th Sunday in Ordinary Time
This morning, I cannot help but to consider two things:
1) "Did Jesus smile?" A question from a retreat organizer to the Year 8 students.
2) Do I listen well?
Answer to item 1: Did He smile?
- You know, I was thinking today that we are missing so much. We lose so much not to have enough statues, crosses, holy pictures and rosaries that remind us that maybe, just maybe, that Jesus did smile. To me, I know Jesus smiled when he was on earth because Jesus, God, is happy with me. I am sure if you strive to live in Christian Perfection, Jesus is smiling on you too. Jesus is happy with us, we see this so eminent in the lives of many Saints on earth, who despite pain, hardships and persecutions they persevered to the very last moment.
Answer to item 2: Listen
- Jesus called the dead youth, in the coffin, to arise...To get up from the dead! Of cause my first reaction was one of doubt. Is this a fact that a dead body came back to life? Or, is it a metaphor? One of my greatest fear is to lose my hearing ability, to become deaf to the voice of Jesus calling out to me. There are many ways I can lost this hearing ability:
a) Far too LOUD - yes, God does not shout at me or at you. Throughout my life, in my spiritual retreats, I have never encountered a shouting God. God calls us with a voice- gently, like the wind, a comfortable voice. God meets you and I where we are - not where we not are. So, never thing that God is mad/angry at you...God is not loud. You are louder than God, we so often are louder then God.
b) Far too FAMILIAR - Today, I had a few seconds of doubt. I doubted that my daily routine of Morning, Evening and minor prayers through the day is because of a routine. I fear that the honour I think I am giving to God, is my own doing and for my own personal security. I doubt that perhaps, maybe, my Christian observance is of my own doing, man-made, and not centred on God.
I hope at the Final Resurrection when we rise from the dead, I hope I am still hearing. So that when Jesus Calls me, I can arise!
Yesterday, being a Saturday I was out the entire afternoon with friends for a movie of X-Men. Saw this Ninja Turtle backdrop and decided to be silly...Sat and took a picture::))
Smile - remember Jesus, God, is happy with me and with you::))