from the desk of Fr Stephen August 9, 2020

From the desk of Fr Stephen

I want to bring up a subject today that is unfamiliar to most people.  Those familiar with the topic are certainly not familiar with the application of it in their lives.  Let me start by saying that we are created in the image of God, a certainty we are familiar with.  We have been created good and are called to be in relationship with God.  I believe many are aware of this but are not sure about what to do about it.

You see, there is a thing called SPIRITUAL LIFE.  I am not sure you have heard that term before, but SPIRITUAL LIFE is the most important thing in our lives.  Unfortunately, most of us get so caught up in the PHYSICAL LIFE we have no idea that there is a SPIRITUAL LIFE.  But when we talk about being created in God's image, this is what it means more than anything else.  It means we can converse with God.  No other animal can do that. We are the only ones who have a SPIRITUAL relationship with God.  Now the thing is, we must apply this to our lives.

When we talk about having a SPIRITUAL relationship with God, it means something more than just our physical life; we spend 99% of our day doing things other than placing ourselves in God's presence.  SPIRITUAL LIFE calls us to change those percentages.  The SPIRITUAL LIFE calls us to a 99% awareness of God in our lives.

It means we try to apply God's way in everything we do.  It means a constant awareness of God's call to be virtuous and vigilant.  We have heard a lot about social change lately, but really, the change must first occur within our hearts.  If we are not fully committed to God in our lives and are willing to die for him, the social changes are only window dressing.  They will not last.

In the first reading today, Elijah, the greatest of the Old Testament Prophets, has a profound experience with God.  He is on the mountain and has just had a confrontation with Baal's prophets, a pagan god, and he is fleeing for his life.  God has brought him to this moment to try and teach him something.  He is trying to draw Elijah into a deeper relationship with him.  He asks Elijah to go to the entrance of the cave.  There, Elijah encounters the noise of the world.  Elijah sees a strong wind, an earthquake, and a huge fire.  God is not in any of these things.  This noise Elijah encounters is just like the noise we encounter in life, but they are not essential.  They are not of God.  Elijah then hears a tiny whispering sound.  This is where God resides; the quiet things of the world where God can touch our hearts.

SPIRITUAL LIFE is a very real thing.  It is the most important thing.  I have reminded us before to seek God every day.  The best thing you could do on any given day to seek God is to come to daily mass; this is the SPIRITUAL LIFE God calls us to.  You can do no greater thing on any given day than to go to church and pray.  God reveals himself here, and until we learn that, we are just limping along and wondering what life is all about.  Amen