Jesus said to his disciples:
“Do not be afraid any longer, little flock,
for your Father is pleased to give you the kingdom.
Sell your belongings and give alms.
Provide money bags for yourselves that do not wear out,
an inexhaustible treasure in heaven
that no thief can reach nor moth destroy.
For where your treasure is, there also will your heart be.
“Gird your loins and light your lamps
and be like servants who await their master’s return from a wedding,
ready to open immediately when he comes and knocks.
Blessed are those servants
whom the master finds vigilant on his arrival.
Amen, I say to you, he will gird himself,
have them recline at table, and proceed to wait on them.
And should he come in the second or third watch
and find them prepared in this way,
blessed are those servants.
Be sure of this:
if the master of the house had known the hour
when the thief was coming,
he would not have let his house be broken into.
You also must be prepared, for at an hour you do not expect,
the Son of Man will come.”
Last Sunday, my pastor, who is the official exorcist of my diocese, delivered a profoundly true and wise homily. Below is my woefully inadequate summary of what he said:
At some point in our lives, we wonder if this is all there is, disappointed that our lives have not turned out the way we had hoped and dreamed.
It may be wealth or professonal achievement. We worked hard, got an education, performed our jobs in an exemplary fashion, but still our financial goal eludes us, or we have not received due recognition and accolade.
It may be relationships — with our spouses, children, friends, colleagues, priests, parishioners — which disappoint and break our hearts, for we are imperfect humans and no one person can fulfill all our needs.
But God never disappoints.
God satisfies all our needs.
We don’t have to work hard for His love.
And Jesus will never break your heart.
For “you have made us and drawn us to yourself, and our heart is restless until it rests in you.” -St. Augustine, Confessions
May the love and joy and peace of Jesus Christ our Lord be with you this beautiful Sunday!