Who Do You Live For?

Dear Friends,

Who do you live for? Or, who are you living for? The way we answer that question ~ “who” ~ bears heavily on our perspective about life. Our answer to that question will determine how we view the challenges of life, how we assess the rewards of life, how we relate in this life, how we go about living our life.

In our second reading today, Saint Paul offers the answer that a disciple gives to this question, “…None of us lives for oneself, and no one dies for oneself. For if we live, we live for the Lord, and if we die, we die for the Lord; so then, whether we live or die, we are the Lord’s.”

To belong to the Lord in life and in death means everything. We belong to Him through Baptism. We have been marked and signed by and for Jesus Christ, whose Blood has redeemed us. Made in the image and likeness of God, we are recreated in Baptism through the Passion, Death and Resurrection of Jesus Lord to live in union with God here and now.

My guess is that by now all of us are pretty antsy, ready to break loose from living within the constrictions of this pandemic. It has been difficult, stressful, isolating and fatiguing. As I heard one person put, we are suffering from “decision fatigue.” Nothing is the same, nothing is simple. You have to think things through from multiple angles and perspectives and with data that seems to constantly change. Ah, the new normal…

But my dear friends, there is one, Someone, who is constant, enduring, abiding, powerful, merciful, loving, kind and always seeking after us to fill us with His grace and His life abundantly, here and now. “For this is why Christ died and came to life, that He might be Lord of both the dead and the living.” We belong to the Lord. We are His and He belongs to us. With this perspective, with this understanding, with this approach to the circumstances of today and those that will come tomorrow, we will find the joy of the Lord helping us to live in faith, hope and charity, moment by moment. He is our strength in our weakness!

We are celebrating our Forty Hours devotions. Come away. Spend some time in the presence of the King of Kings. Let Him answer the longings of your heart, still the fears within, heal the anxieties that come from this world.

And, be sure to join us for Evening Devotions at 7 pm, Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday.

God bless you, God love you,

Monsignor McCulken

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