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Friday, May 22, 2020
From the Desk of Fr. Ron…….
Before the Coronavirus pandemic people would often get frustrated about waiting in line for some of the most minor things. It may have been waiting at the checkout counter in the store, waiting at a forever long traffic light, waiting for packages to arrive in the mail etc. Now we have become well-seasoned in waiting. Now we are waiting for business to return to work, sports teams to resume their play, restaurants to again welcome us back and of course, houses of worship to reopen.
The experience of waiting itself can be an opportunity for growth. Far from just being an experience of frustration it can also challenge us to value certain activities more, grow in new and creative ways of learning, purify our desire, and helps us to better appreciate even the little things in life.
The passage from the Gospel of John this weekend displays Jesus and His prayer at the last supper, for His disciples. Jesus is waiting as well. He is waiting for the hour to come of His arrest and all the activities that will bring on His death. At the beginning of the passage, Jesus prays, “Father, the hour has come. Give glory to your son, so that your son may glorify you…” (John 17:1). At first glance one may think this could be a cry to return to Mt. Tabor and the experience of transfiguration. But, it isn’t the glory of transfiguration that Jesus is praying for, it is the “glory” of God in God’s own image. In the Gospel of John, the “glory of God” is revealed when God’s own Son is: innocent yet arrested, convicted though innocent of crime, makes no complaint in His torture, forgives those who crucify Him, prays for all He leaves behind, and freely surrenders His Spirit back to God Almighty.
So, why did Jesus pray for this experience of glory? So that we may know eternal life. And what is eternal life? John the Evangelist adds the answer: “Now this is eternal life, that they should know you, the only true God, and the one whom you sent, Jesus Christ” (John 17:3).
As we continue our “stay at home” experience, let us not let this time be wasted and a source of frustration. Rather, let us permit it to teach us and lead to opportunities for our growth. Let us grow in longing and appreciation for what really matters in our life. Let us increase our time of personal prayer for our families, our church, our local community, our country and our world. Let us grow in our appreciation for some of the simpler experiences of life. Who would have thought that even cutting the grass would be a welcomed activity. As different venues begin to open let us be even more grateful to those who provide these added services to us. Even more radically, let us be thankful for the “wake up call” that slows us down and gives us the opportunity to refocus our lives. May the Lord sustain you as you respond to His invitation to experience His glory; the glory of the Father, Son and Spirit.