On the wall of my bed room is a framed poem entitled “My son and my finest good friend.” It was a present from my father, that he had lovingly faraway from the body earlier than giving it to me, in order that he may add in Sharpie marker these two all-important phrases “love, Dad.” I acquired this current on my first day at school. Dad had slipped it into my sock drawer, within the field, in order that I might discover it after he and mother, and my brother and sister had dropped me off. Dad was a grasp of tugging on the coronary heart strings. And obtain it I did; it really took days till I discovered it. But I discovered it after I was alleged to, on my own, first with confusion “What the heck is that this that I’ve in my sock drawer?” Then, taking the field out and opening it, the eyes swelled and the center overflowed, understanding that longing of each human coronary heart—that I used to be cherished.
And, you already know what I did after? I buried it proper again into the field, proper again into the sock drawer, the place I had discovered it. I didn’t inform even my roommate. He was from Japan, there was a language barrier, I wasn’t certain what his relationship along with his father was like. And I used to be a tricky school man, I didn’t speak about these kind of issues. In reality I buried it so deep in that drawer that it even took me years to inform my dad how a lot I appreciated it. In reality I buried it so deep that I’ve by no means spoken about it. It’s been twenty-five years and 5 months.
We speak about sharing that which we cherish, about sharing the religion. In Mark’s Gospel, loaded with the educating of the Good News, we study who Jesus was and are invited to observe Him just like the fishermen. And it’s culminated with Jesus asserting that that is the rationale for which He has come – to share the Good News. In the Formed “Search” program, the movies and e-book, we see coupled the need to evangelize all people who we all know and love with all of this nice information, acknowledging and asserting what we all know and love. But, we can’t give what we should not have. I hope that someplace in your years of following Christ and being a Catholic that you simply’ve discovered that lovely poem that the Lord positioned within the depths of your coronary heart. That He signed, maybe to be dramatic however truthful, He signed with the very blood of His solely begotten Son—entitled my son, my daughter, and my finest good friend.
According to the statistics, there are variety of Catholics which have by no means discovered God, which have by no means identified that actuality. Just weighed down by the luggage of life, attending to all of their day by day wants —they perhaps by no means obtained into that drawer and located the fact that was there. It’s simply been buried for all of those years. If that’s the case with you I ask you, I invite you, to ask for it. It may sound too good to be true, but it surely’s not. That poem was written for each one in all you as in case you have been the one son or daughter of the Lord. Ask for it within the quiet moments of the liturgy, as we pause after the homily, as we pause most intimately after the reception of Holy Communion, ask: Lord is that this true? Can I settle for this actuality?
Maybe, like many, like myself with dad, perhaps you noticed it after which buried it once more. You accepted it however couldn’t actually acknowledge it as a result of these are days after we simply really feel like Job and our life on earth is a drudgery. It’s simply an excessive amount of to spend time with that and I don’t know the best way to even acknowledge earlier than the Lord that that is true. How can it’s true, Lord, if life is such a drudgery day in and time out? But acknowledge it on this second.
Right right here and proper now we hear the phrases of the Gospel that Jesus got here and took the hand of Simon Peter’s mother-in-law. There she lie in mattress sick with a fever. And He reached out and took her hand and raised her up. Notice He raised her up after which the fever left her. She adopted Him and she or he accepted what He provided, she acknowledged it, she acquired it. And then grace was at work. That is what He invitations us to, not simply to see that hand prolonged as soon as however to obtain it, to take it in our personal fingers and let it raise us up, letting the fever of life out. But then there’s yet one more step. There’s the acceptance, there’s the acknowledgement, however then what occurs to Simon Peter’s mother-in-law? She can’t assist herself, proper? Once that has occurred, she has to serve. She has to exit and share that Good News instantly by caring for these in her family. She obtained up and served them and, please God, we do as properly. Once we settle for and acknowledge we announce, we share that Good News of what has come to us.
Yes, I did obtain, “for that reason I’ve come,” the Lord has mentioned. The Lord provides us that nice instance when there may be information so good that we can’t assist ourselves. He may have been made king, an area persona, proper there in that village, however as a substitute He went to share. We honor St. Joseph, who did this in his personal manner as properly. He accepted what he was known as to, he acknowledged it, by taking Mary into his house. And then he introduced it, he introduced it the place he was despatched. Yes, to Bethlehem for the census; sure, to Egypt to flee from Herod; sure, ultimately again to Nazareth as properly. And so we ask for his intercession and that of his Immaculate Virgin Bride.
Our Lady of the Assumption, pray for us. St. Joseph, pray for us.