Posted: 03 Feb 2009 01:00 AM CST (by Msgr Den)
Heb 12:1-4 / Mk 5:21-43
It’s fascinating to look at aerial photographs of great and ancient rivers like the Mississippi as they meander across a continent, and to observe all the twists and turns and radical changes of course that have occurred across the centuries. Our lifetimes seem short indeed when compared to such epic histories. And yet the changes and shifts that take place even in our short lives can be mind-boggling.
Think about the shifts of our personal opinions and our most intensely defended attitudes that often move up and down with the speed and abandon of the NASDAQ index. And what about the ebb and flow of our special interests and preoccupations and the passions that we’d “die” for? They come and they go. Then there’s the very simple reality of aging, at every stage of which our bodies dictate messages that are often confusing and always hard to ignore.
At every stage we are tugged and pulled in sundry directions and sometimes whipsawed till our brains seem addled. We can lose our way. There is only one secure remedy for that, one secure haven, and St. Paul speaks it so well in today’s epistle: “Keep your eyes fixed on Jesus.” Do that and no matter how hard the wind blows or the seas rage, you will know where you are and where you are going.