The hardest part of Christianity? Definitely the waiting. But the waiting is the key to it all. We wait for the Father to provide what we are incapable of providing ourselves.
Is Jesus just harping on money again? Is he just giving us more rules? Or is he leading us to a fuller life? Rescuing us from a life that cannot promise us anything that lasts?
In our desire for the One that will truly satisfy, Augustine emphasizes exercise. There is a need for persistence and consistency in prayer. It is through prayer that this desire is exercised.
There are so many things that demand our time and attention each and every day. And often we are left in the daze of their incessant demand, in an anxious concern about what the next day will bring. And this leads to forgetting the one thing necessary, the one thing our life, our heart needs.
Is the point of being a Christian just to be a “good person”?
Jesus invites us time and time again, “Follow me.” Follow him where? Down the path of destiny. Easy to come up with other things we find more enticing or important. But only this path leads to the freedom, rest, peace, and fulfillment we seek.
At the heart of the Mass and the Eucharist is an invitation. Our response is critical.
The question that should strike us: “What is man that you should be mindful of him? mortal man that you should care for him?” Honestly, why does God care about us at all?
Something happens, because a person is at work. He is if he changes, if he does something, if there is a real change.
With this celebration of the Ascension, we do not celebrate His absence but his entrance into the depths of reality, the truest experiences we have.