Sunday, July 2, 2017

Coming to the Lost and Found

13 Sun OT Yr A 2017
Ss. Peter & Paul, Danville


“Brothers and sisters…are you unaware that we who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death – death to sin – and reborn into a newness of life?…So, you too must think of yourselves as dead to sin and living for God in Christ Jesus.”  No Father, you might say, we’re not unaware – that’s why we’re here after all.  Good.  Good.  But…do our words match our actions?  Do our words match the stirrings of our hearts?  What does it mean to live a life that is dead to sin?  What does it mean to go about our days and our nights – all of them, living for God in Christ Jesus?

What do our bank statements have to say about how we’re doing on that score?  One of the most telling testaments of our priorities is how we spend our money – does your bank statement proclaim that you’re dead to sin and living for God?  What about our investments in time?  If we look at how we spend our time, do we seem to be people living primarily for God?  Are we chasing riches and security, those mirages of the world – or are we living a Great Adventure that is primarily about the spread of the Gospel and the salvation of souls, our own included?  

What about our lives – whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for My sake will find it.  Jesus seems to be saying if our lives are about worldly ambition and success then our lives are lost, but if our lives are centered around knowing, loving, and following Jesus, that is a life that is found.  

These are challenging sayings – if we’re listening, they’re challenging to all of us.  That’s why we come here, to the “lost and found” – the Mass, which is the “lost and found” of our Christian journey.  We come here to realize, sometimes, that we’re missing the boat, that we’re losing our lives…but we also come here to find our lives, to encounter Jesus who brings us back, seeks us out, loves us, gives us a place to belong, and sends us on our way…restored.

When our bank accounts and time get out of balance, and it seems like our days are spent living for the world, we come to Jesus in the sacraments – in Confession and the Eucharist – we come to find ourselves – our truest selves.  And like a good friend, Jesus welcomes, loves, forgives, and encourages – He patches us up, sends us on our way, and promises to help us do better.

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Dory has it right.  If you don’t know who Dory is, ask the children and teens among us – they’ll tell you.  We get off track pretty easily – we get off track pretty often.  The key is to come back, come back here, come back home, come back to Jesus time and again…and “just keep swimming.”  Indeed.  Just keep swimming.

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