Day 35 – Keeping a Distance
Our journey home is like taking a road trip. First of all, we need to know our destination. We also need to know where we are right now. GPS does not work without start and end points. Likewise for our life's GPS! We also need to know our desired arrival time to know whether we have time to stop over at certain places. You may ask, "If I don’t know how much time I have on earth, how would I know the arrival time?" That is very true. But the key point is that we want to arrive well ahead of time.
The Kingdom of God is what we are called to build on earth. And whenever we have established the Kingdom of God in our hearts, we are home with the Father, which is the Father’s will for us. That is our destination for this pilgrimage on earth.
As mentioned in a previous reflection, in His short three years of public ministry, Jesus had a lot to accomplish to fulfill His mission on earth. Unless Jesus remained focused, His mission would not have been accomplished in time.
Like Jesus, we need to stay on course and remain focused on what we are called to accomplish in our lives —— to bring ourselves and more people back to the Father's House. This is our common mission regardless of our stages in life.
While Jesus has promised to prepare a place for us in the Father's house, He has entrusted us with a role similar to the role of John the Baptist in His time, "A voice of one crying out in the desert, 'Prepare the way of the Lord, make straight his paths.'"
Do you believe that you still have lots of time left and there is no rush? If so, why are you so sure?
Do you find yourself resisting changes in life even though you know those changes are good for you?
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.
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I have always been resisting changes in my life as they are usually accompanied with frustrations and anxieties especially at the initial stages. This hesitation in stepping out of my comfort zone is one of the many hurdles I have to overcome in journeying back Home. Oh Lord, please give me the courage to follow You Your way, not mine!
I am consider of making a radical change during this Holy week to follow Jesus all my life and live an austere life.