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Friday, February 15, 2019
From the Desk of Fr. Ron,
Moving into the rectory at Nativity parish last September challenged me to examine again all my baggage. I’m sure you may have some of that “extra baggage” as well. All those things that you believe some day you will need again or those items that you no longer utilize yet can’t bring yourself to part with. Many a rectory basement or attic spaces are filled with boxes of former priest’s “collectables;” those things which certain individuals could not bring themselves to dispose of, so they are left for others to attend too. That may be the wisdom behind “term limits” for pastoral assignments. A chance to purge, let go, share, and clean house. In this weekend’s Gospel passage, St. Luke’s version of Jesus’ principle teaching, the beatitudes, reflects on our need to have room for God to act within our lives. Blessed are the poor, the hungry, the weeping, and the excluded? Why should they be “happy?” The wisdom of this particular teaching is rendered at the end of the passage. Those who hunger after riches, are filled, laughing, and most popularly included are often so full of themselves, they leave no room for God to move within them. As Jeremiah reminds us, like a tree planted beside flowing water, our roots can then tap into the sustenance of God’s care. If we are empty of useless things, we make room for God to fill us. I always marvel at the incredible joy of the church membership in Mission countries. With so little of material wealth, they possess such great joy in worship. They truly “don’t know what they are missing,” but know they don’t need “things” to be filled with joy. May the Lord assist us in “cleaning house” within our lives. May He remain the center of our life, our blessedness, our happiness and our joy.