A Note from Fr. Vince
Thursday, August 27, 2020
I want to alert you to the fact that September is upon us, and winter is right around the corner. In a moment of self-disclosure (that you might not care about) I find myself trying to project my life too far out. Why am I projecting out there when today is 96 degrees? I’m a summer person, so why won’t I just enjoy it? Feel free to analyze me as long as you won’t charge me. I do have a plaque that reads: The past is past, and the future never comes; there is only today. Maybe I should move it closer to my front door, so I see it every day. I suspect now my phobia sounds like a good idea. We’re sick of Covid, so why not project out to 2021. The problem is that to get to 2021, we have to pass through a lot of days, weeks, and months. In case you are wondering where my meandering is going, here it is: If you want to run into God…..God only appears today. Now!
You might be thinking that God does help me get through a troublesome past, but it is because you are seeking this help….in the NOW! As followers of Jesus, why is it hard to accept this? Being present in the moment is very hard. In fact we often pray to God…to Jesus about the future. Help me find the right person to spend my life with; Will my kids be safe?; Help me win the lottery, etc etc. They are noble desires, but they burn up a lot of time and energy. Of course we have to plan for things in the future, but the plans have to be important NOW! If you know someone who is a recovering addict, you know they tell you that there is only today….one day at a time! It’s good spiritual advice for all of us….especially me.
Be strong everybody!