Franciscan Moments @ Saint Miriam: March 9, 2020

Lent is here and we are still seeking to be comfortable. As creatures of comfort we try to avoid pain whenever possible, both physically and emotionally. Even the most avid adrenaline junkie has soft spots. We cling to what’s secure, safe and feels good in our circumstances and relationships, naturally seeking to protect ourselves. A lot of times, that’s a good thing. We were designed to value life and preserve ourselves and there are covenants to uphold. On the other hand, if we hold ourselves too tightly, we keep ourselves from following God with our whole hearts.

I have discovered that God often asks us to get out of our comfort spots and set ourselves aside for His glory. God wants us to trust him, but we can only do that when we let go and obey and follow. I know it is difficult for me, and even for other priests, too. You would think we can obey and follow, just like those fishermen so long ago who dropped their nets so willingly. But, I wonder, did they? Did they just drop and run or did they first weep and struggle and debate?

One of my favorite stations during the Way of the Cross or, Stations of the Cross, is Station V, Simon Helps Jesus. More than likely, Simon had other things to do that day rather than get personally involved in Jesus’ scandalous crucifixion. I am sure his plans and agenda where interrupted when he was given an order to carry that bloody cross for Jesus. It was hard work, bloody, dirty, and humiliating, but he carried the cross for Christ and walked with him in his most difficult hours. In doing so, he became part of the greatest story to go down in history. 

How about you? Will you become part of the greatest story by letting go of what you think you need and allow God to show you the truth? Will you let go to follow Jesus, just like you promised so long ago?
Simon, let me become like you.


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