Sunshine after the rains! It’s a beautiful Sunday here in Virginia! We were in Maryland visiting my in-laws, and we went to Mass at the church where Grace was baptized. She was very excited to see the Baptismal Font where she became a member of the Body of Christ! We took a picture, and in humility I decided to post it, since it didn’t turn out very well! I’m wearing my favorite new LulaRoe dress! Gracie wanted a picture of her too!
I don’t usually share a reflection on the Gospel and homily, but something really struck me this week. The priest spoke on seeking the narrow way, searching for the pearl of great price, and not being distracted by the world (screens, sins, etc.) And that Christ promises that when we seek, we will find.
What about when we find the narrow way? What about when we have sold everything to obtain the pearl of great price? What then?
Then, we need to walk the narrow way, persevering through the brambles, rocks, hills, valleys, deserts, crossing rivers and get up again when we falter, stumble, fall. We may hold the pearl of great price, but if we gave up much to obtain it, we have to figure out how to live with that loss of income, position, perhaps relationships or opportunities or favorite sins or failings. Stepping onto the narrow way only begins the journey.
So often, it seems homilies just scratch the surface, inviting people to the seeking, to the searching, hoping to inspire an encounter with the person of Christ, or to open eyes to the very real encounter with Christ that will come just a little later at Mass, in the Eucharist. Therefore, my conclusion, the reminder I needed, was that I need to take the initiate to cultivate, nurture, work on my Faith and relationship with Christ. Sunday Mass, a brief homily, and prayers before meals should be a beginning. Daily prayer, spiritual reading, retreats, study groups, Confession, Adoration, daily Mass; there are so many other ways I need to walk along the narrow way. Every day, I need to seek, knock, ask for grace to live this life in Christ.
Several days late, but I’m joining Rosie this week for My Sunday Best. Visit My Sunday Best, Volume 65: Old Favorites for more linkups!
It’s not at Mass, but here’s my favorite picture from this past Sunday, as we enjoyed the gorgeous weather at the splash pad!