02 Aug 18th Sunday in Ordinary Time
“If we want to find Jesus, we have to overcome our fear of taking risks, our self-satisfaction and our indolent refusal to ask anything more of life…We need to take risks… in discovering his tenderness and love, we rediscover ourselves.”— Pope Francis
FROM YOUR PASTOR
Why do we FEAR taking RISKS in our SPIRITUAL LIFE?
Our FEAR can be based on EXPECTATIONS … those we have OF OURSELF or those others have OF US. Either way, these EXPECTATIONS shape our RESPONSE to Spiritual Risks…our ability to SAY YES TO THE UNKNOWN.
Our FEAR can be based on a LACK OF BALANCE in our life between what is OF GOD and what is OF THE WORLD. The KNOWN OF THE PRESENT and What I Have can provide more comfort than the UNKNOWN OF THE FUTURE and What I Can Achieve.
Our FEAR can be based on the PRESENCE OF GOOD AND EVIL in our life. An Ill-formed Conscience or Lack of Spiritual Clarity can RESULT IN BAD CHOICES NOW instead of TOUGH CHOICES FOR THE FUTURE.
It is the TENDER LOVE OF JESUS active IN OUR HEART that will determine the RISKS and their OUTCOMES in our Spiritual Life…and determine our ability to ask for MORE OF LIFE!
But the BOTTOM LINE is STARK AND REAL — the Kingdom of Heaven is WORTH EVERYTHING and DEMANDS EVERYTHING.
>What am I willing to give up?
>What is holding me back?
>What is the basis of my fear?
For some it will be WHAT THE WORLD WILL SAY about the path they choose. For some it will be THEIR PRIDE since what they have defines who they are.
But in most cases, the FEAR is driven by one simple issue…taking RISKS may induce a FEAR OF WHAT WE MAY BECOME!
In our Spiritual Life, TRUE WISDOM is TO LOVE GOD, to have an UNDERSTANDING HEART, and to EXPECT THE UNEXPECTED!
Our ABILITY TO CHANGE is based on the following questions:
>How do we LOVE?
>How do we FORGIVE?
>How do we HELP OTHERS?
>How do we ENCOURAGE THE OPPRESSED?
>How do we ENDURE OUR TRIALS?
Your answers will determine WHAT YOU WILL BECOME.
OUR FAITH lies in the WISDOM to take RISKS in This Life for our Eternal Life. OUR HOPE lies in God’s GRACE to help us ENDURE THE PRICE of the Risks. OUR LOVE lies in the TENDER AND LOVING HEART OF JESUS where we find TRUTH AND FREEDOM…
+May God Bless You and Keep You+