Sunday, July 1, 2007

Journey with Jesus


Jesus is on a journey to Jerusalem.
It was a difficult travel, first it was in the desert and second there were people who were hostile to him. Who rejected him
It was a journey to the cross, to suffering. And Jesus went on in this journey.

We are reminded today of our own journey in life, me as a priest, as married couples, as parents, in our work, relationships and as a Christian.
We believe that Life is a journey, that we are traveling in this world. It has a beginning and an end, and we have destinations-success and Heaven.
we are on a journey and like Jesus we encounter the realities in life, yes there are good times but there are also the bad times, the rough times and rejections of others and crosses.
Through the example and teaching of Jesus in the gospel today we can actually learn important truths about how to face our life’s journey.

It can be summarized in 3 letter P. The three Ps.
First Jesus journeyed with Perseverance. He never gave up even amidst the dangers and sufferings.
He said something about holding to the plow and not looking back.
I know there will always be times in our lives when problems are overwhelming
I am reminded of a song of Peter Gabriel and Kate Bush about a couple who lost everything, their home and his job and he complains:
“In this proud land we grew up strong, we were taught to fight to win never thought we could fail coz no one wants you when you loose.”
The wife encouraged him by saying: “Don’t give up coz you have friends. Don’t give up are not beaten yet. Don’t give up I know you can make it good.”
Sometimes its easy to say I surrender. I loose.
Jesus is teaching us an attitude of determination.
Believing that at the end of the tunnel, there will be better times.
Patience.
A patient man is he who ‘bears pains and trials calmly or without complaint.’
Be patient with people who are getting along your way
Be patient in Life.
Learn to hold back, let it pass, don’t flare up right away, be cool.
The apostles flared up right away, “lets send them fire from heaven,” but Jesus said no.
I am reminded of a boy who defined the word Christian and said It is one who is patient, understanding who doesn’t fight back or talk back, he added, Dad is a Christian but my mom is not.
PrayerAs we travel in this Life we can have Jesus with us to guide us and see us through.
Learn to call Him for protection, guidance and help while traveling to lead us on.
We don’t have to wait till we reach “rock bottom” or the last two minutes before we call on God for help. Pray and call on God.

With Perseverance, Patience and Prayer, we believe we can travel well in peace and happiness in our life time.

Buona Giornata!, Buen Viaje!, Have a pleasant Trip!

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