Saturday, January 5, 2013

What are you looking for?

Yesterday's readings rocked, didn't they?

After this reading:

Children, let no one deceive you. 
The person who acts in righteousness is righteous,just as he is righteous.
Whoever sins belongs to the Devil, because the Devil has sinned from the beginning. 
Indeed, the Son of God was revealed to destroy the works of the Devil. 
No one who is begotten by God commits sin, 
because God’s seed remains in him; 
he cannot sin because he is begotten by God. 
In this way,the children of God and the children of the Devil are made plain;
no one who fails to act in righteousness belongs to God, 
nor anyone who does not love his brother. 

Christ asks two disciples whom He noticed were following behind Him in the Gospel "What are you looking for?"

The priest asked us to stop and think about how we would (or do?) answer this startling question.

I pretty much know the answer of readers here.

I want to be with You and In You. All the days of my life and in eternity.
I want to taste You, feel You, serve You in everything I do.
I want the same for my children and my grandchildren, relatives, friends, people I love.
You have and know the incidentals on my personal laundry list which I entrust to Your care.

The mystery of how we find these things goes back to the first reading and then follows the two disciples in the Gospel.

Where He stays.

Where His One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church keeps us free from sin through repentance and absolution of the Sacrament of Penance.

Where our soul clings to the reservation of His Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity with a death grip on the Eucharist.

That's what we're looking for.

It's funny this reading would come when most have long taken down their Christmas tree.   They are wearing their new coats, playing with their new toys.  They have memorialized Christmas by refreshing their own spirit.  How good they are to have plucked a tag off of the Giving Tree and purchased gifts for a needy family.

The armor of faith and shield of good will.  The emptying of our vices and extinction of lustful desires, the increase of charity and patience of humility and obedience and all virtues, the strong defense of our enemies - visible and invisible.

Our sweetest Jesus, Body and Blood most holy, be the delight and pleasures of our soul, our strength and salvation in all temptations, our joy and peace in every trial, our light and guide in every word and deed and our final protection in death.

That's what we're looking for.

If You're looking for stuff to do, a cheap gym wouldn't be too bad either.

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