“I Want to See.”
by Blind Beggar Bart
Life's Too Short
I was shocked when I received news that a son of a couple close to me died in an accident. He was only in his twenties and used to talk to him when he was a kid... Even when someone dies at a more mature age, we still feel that life was "cut short", especially when they are loved ones. All the more today's (8/9/2015) second reading (Eph 4:30-5:2) becomes relevant to me. Life's too short to harbor "bitterness, fury, anger, shouting, and reviling" when instead I must seize each moment to "be kind to one another, compassionate, forgiving one another as God has forgiven you in Christ." – Name Undisclosed, 8/10/2015.
Dear "Name Undisclosed,"
All the more last Sunday's (8/9/2015) Gospel becomes relevant as well. Without Christ, how can we come to understand and appreciate these short lives we live? Without Christ, how can we overcome our "bitterness, fury, anger, shouting, and reviling" and learn to be genuinely "kind to one another, compassionate, forgiving one another as God has forgiven...[us] in Christ"? Let us not be fooled that we can achieve these by our own strengths. We need the understanding and strength that comes from the Bread of Life (Jn 6:41-51) who is Jesus Christ.
Time and time again we hear from others (even from myself): I could not let go of my anger... I could not forgive... I could not... I'm only human... It's precisely these expressions that prove our need of Christ. But how can He help? We would need to know about Him first. Pray; read scriptures; find Him in Church, in the sacraments, in the Eucharist; know His mind; know His Spirit; know God and God's love through Him. Love Him... Love God. When those days come, you would have already known that He has been helping you. Then you would love Him even more, and make known His love to others...
Yes life's short, but nothing compares to being in the eternal embrace of the very source of life Himself, from whom we receive the Bread of Life.
If you would like to email me and hopefully find my response in this column, please send it to firstname.lastname@example.org (for now) addressed to me, or go to Contact Us of this website. Links to previous articles are found below. –BBB, 8/15/2015 Feast of the Assumption.
The Redundancy in Unconditional Love (3/15/2015)
Loving Submission (12/28/2014)
Are We Mere Spectators? (4/16/2014)
My Blindness (4/13/2014)
Spiritual Blindness (4/2/2014)
God Loves You! (3/16/2014)
That All May Be One in Repentance (3/7/2014)
No one Is, So Why Be Perfect? (3/2/2014)
Mature Love, (2/5/2014)
Let It Be Done According to Your Word: The Vanity of the Plans We Make (12/9/2013)
Our Struggles Within (8/9/2011)
Lovingly Correcting Others (6/18/2010)
Our Uncontrollable Lives (4/11/2010)
The Ultimate Question (4/4/2010)