Saturday, August 18, 2012

Return and Live

Return and Live

August 18, 2012
Saturday of the Nineteenth Week in Ordinary Time

Therefore I will judge you, house of Israel, each one according to his ways, says the Lord GOD.  Turn and be converted from all your crimes, that they may be converted from all your crimes, that they may be no cause of guilt for you.  Cast away from you all the crimes you have committed, and make for yourselves a new heart and a new spirit.  Ezekiel 18:30-31

"Let the children come to me, and do not prevent them; for the Kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these."  Matthew 19:14


Father, recreate in us the innocent hearts we had when we were children.  Help us to turn away from the adult wants which get in the way of our path to true friendship with you through you Son Jesus.  Send your Spirit to make the path of return on that we can find and follow.


Change.  Presence.  These two themes reverberate throughout so much of our Sacred Scripture, prayer, and traditions.  When we change the direction in which we seek happiness, then we can obtain the true gift -- Jesus present in our lives as a friend.
We don't need to look any further than the local newsstand to be reminded of the kinds of hatred and corruption that seem to invade our lives and our consciences.  Our crimes may not be murder but may be more personally rooted in the advertising-fueled desire for money, possessions, and influence.
Ezekiel and Jesus want us to be prodigal children.  They want us to turn away from these selfish pursuits.  They want us to come back to the path they walk.  With change comes the ultimate gift -- being able to revel in the true presence of the Lord in our lives. 


The first step in this journey is awareness.  For the next 30 days, if you are not already making use of some process to examine your daily life, try the Examen of Conscious in the Jesuit tradition.  Once you review your day with humility and contrition, ask yourself: "How will I let the Lord lead me to a brighter tomorrow?

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