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Set Towards Christ

(This isn't the nun) 
     I can remember a couple of years ago I had gone to a day event run by some nuns. It usually at their house but this one time they had switched it to a church because of the number of people that were attending would not fit inside their house. Before the activities and prayer started I was talking to an older nun, introducing myself and talking with her. I told her that I wanted to become a priest and work within the diocese. After having a smile on her face and saying how nice it is to see a young person want to become a priest, she said to me, "What do you plan to do after you become a priest?"

     That was really the first time I had ever thought about it. I had really only thought up to the point of becoming a priest. I never thought about what would happen after I became a priest. I had only been motivated my entire life to that one goal: becoming a priest.

     After months of contemplating that idea, I came to the conclusion, " I am not going to decide that, God will." All I knew (and strongly believe) is that God was calling me to become a priest. I never thought about what to do after that goal. All I know that I want to do is serve. Serve Gods People faithfully and to the best of my ability.

     It is said that out current behaviour is based on our plans for the future. For example, for someone who goes into a job with the vision of promotions will work hard, smart, and efficient. Or, for another example, a student that works hard in studies now so that he will have a strong future. We set our eye on a goal and we do whatever we can to accomplish that goal. In our eye, that goal is the most important thing for us right then-be it a promotion, a vacation, a job…ect

     As  Catholics our eyes should be set towards Christ. He should be that ultimate Goal that we yearn for. He isn’t just another stop along the way of our life-it is the final goal, the eternal life.  St Paul puts it has living in the spirit. St Paul, is well known for comparing things. Today is no different. He compares Living in the flesh verses living in the spirit. At first, one may think that living in the flesh means primarly the body without the soul, and the spirit refers to the soul. But what St Paul is trying to convey is that living within the flesh, is the body and soul that does not know Christ and his message, whereas living within the spirit is the body and  soul that knows and believes in Christ.

     Jesus never forced us to live by the spirit. He never forced his image to be the image that our eyes are captivated upon. He asked to be. In todays Gospel he says to us what he says to everyone, “ Come to me.” This is an invitation. Since he is inviting us, it means he isn’t the image of our eye. He is inviting us to make him that image that we become captivated in. Why? Jesus will offer us eternal rest.

     He knows that our burden is heavy. That life is hard and that we struggle through a lot. When we make him the ultimate goal, then we earn this eternal rest.  With this rest we learn. We learn how to have a humble, gentle heart to help other people.

     May we come to make God the image of our eye. May we come to leave our life with God. To let him decide our path, our journey, our roads that we will travel. May we come to let God lead our footsteps in life. May we come to life by the spirit and keep the image of Christ in the eyes of the body, but also in the eyes of our heart. For the life with Christ, the life that offers us rest, is a new  and resurrecting life.

What are your eyes set towards? 


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