-let's MOVE IN
William F. McKee, CssR
Come to me all you who are weary and find
life burdensome and I will refresh you
for I am gentle and humble of
..your souls will find rest, for
my yoke is easy and my burden light. Mt.
YOU might think that priests have an easy time reading the Bible. It is after
all, a blueprint for building the house of their spirituality and their ministry, a guide
for following Jesus.
BUT its not that easy. Jesus
challenges all of us on practically every page to love Him more and to show that love by
what we do for each other. For instance, I was upset yesterday when I was reading Romans
8:9 in which St. Paul wrote: If anyone does not have the spirit of Christ, he does
not belong to Christ. I immediately
asked myself: Do I have the spirit of Christ? Or, if not all His spirit, at least
some? I started meditating on the
spirit of Christ and wondered how in the world Paul would ever think that we poor
mortals could have the spirit of Christ, our Redeemer, our Savior, the creator of heaven
and earth, who shed His very blood for us on the cross?
Hes asking a lot. Then I remembered something that was stressed so much in
the seminary: God never asks for more than we can deliver.
That made me feel better and less guilty.
WHILE I was meditating on the passage, I heard an tiny voice saying: one
of the big things about the spirit of Christ is that it means letting go and
never giving up. That thought made me
groan because, like most people, I want to be in control of my life and destiny and I also
like to indulge myself and say that all my problems are too much for me so I will give up
on this or that one. Then I felt more guilty.
PAUL evidently knew what I was thinking so he comes back at me in Romans 14:7:
None of us lives as his own master and
none of us dies as his own master. Both in
life and in death we are the Lords.
THAT gave rise to the question: If I am the Lords, how much of me
is mine? I found the answer to that
question in Mt. 10:39: He who seeks only himself brings himself to ruin; whereas he
who brings himself to nought for me discovers who he is. I thought: Wow!
Thats a terrific investment: I give up me and get Him. Some pay-off.
better than winning $40 million in the Missouri lottery. But how do I give up me? Evidently by
doing things His way, you know, like obeying the commandments and living a life of love.
IMMEDIATELY I was floored by a doubt: if I give up me I will never again feel secure.
Security is very important to me. And then
that voice came back to me: SECURITY is spelled SURRENDER. Evidently Jesus was
telling me something that might seem easy but is very hard to do: LET GO. Thats what He did in the Garden of
Gethsemane and on Mount Calvary when He said: Father, not my will but thine be
done. That is the spirit of Christ.
I went to our chapel and tried to think this thing out. I realized I had a new awareness. I saw more clearly that living is a strange and
remarkable affair. We are here today and gone
tomorrow. We have a good job today and
tomorrow are out of work. We have good health
today and tomorrow we get bad news from the Doctor. In
a split second we can go from the warmth of love and success into the freezing cold of
pain and failure as if God had thrown a switch and turned off the sun and we think it will
never shine again. Depression enters
the home of our life and takes up residence.
BUT we who have let go do not get too depressed because we know
that He has not thrown the switch and is right behind us saying: Come to me all you
who are weary and find life burdensome and I will refresh you
for I am gentle and
humble of heart
..your souls will find rest, for my yoke is easy and my burden
light. Mt. 11:28
IT'S this type of reassurance from God that helps us hang in there and not
give up. Giving up seems to be the easy way. In
reality, its the hardest. Jesus never
gave up. Yes, He had his hours of agony, but
then came His Resurrection and eternal glory. We
have had and will have our hours of agony and pain, but with the Spirit of Christ in us we
will go on to resurrection and eternal glory. The thought is comforting.
YES, Jesus is home. Lets move in. Its the only way to go.
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