2017 is upon us. Where did last year go?! I was looking at the upcoming parish
calendar as well as my personal one and see so many wonderful things planned.
Later I was reflecting on how much our lives are marked in our calendars, planners
and on smart phones. They do their job in keeping our lives on track. They keep
us focused and organized.
Our calendars tell the world that our time is worth something, that are lives hold
value- AND THEY DO! But calendars only show those parts of our lives bound by the
clock. They deal with our “horizontal” lives. We often forget about the “vertical”
part of our lives – the life of the other world, the spiritual dimension that is
seldom reflected in our calendars.
But without the hours with God in our lives what really is the point of all our other
planning? Where is it all taking us?
Do we “schedule” God in our day? Do we make it a point to spend time with God who
has given us every hour of our day? Do we spend time talking to God about the hours
of our day? A retreat director once told me: “If your life is hemmed in with prayer,
it is less likely to unravel.”
To be a faithful disciple of Christ means to live beyond the pages of our calendars
and day planners and our electronic date books. To be a faithful disciple of Christ
means to make time in our day for the things of God. To ask the Lord to bless our
day, to ask for guidance during our day, to thank him for our day is putting our
day on a spiritual level. And when we take the time to give God our day, we choose
how we use our time and talents, given to us by God. Please don’t let the immediate
overcome the important. When we focus on the important, the immediate is blessed.
God bless your busy week!
There’s an APP for that!
St. Mary Parish now has an APP. Text App to 88202 or it can be downloaded from the
AppStore or Googleplay. Download myParishApp and select our parish after opening. It
has all sorts of information and many wonderful resources!