Live in the Moment
When you read a book, do you start with the ending? Just read the very last chapter, know how everything will turn out, and then you know if you'll want to read the book right? That's not right, wouldn't you agree?You start with the beginning and read the book all the way through to the end, because it's exciting, you want to capture the whole story, in the right order and be surprised with how the ending turns out. I love to read, and can safely say that if I were to read the ending first, out of sequence, I probably wouldn't be a big reader. It would take away the excitement. In the same way, how can we expect to know exactly where God is leading us in our lives? We try to know our outcome and plan, but God has something greater planned, everything leading up to returning with Him. It's a lifelong journey, not a puzzle that can be solved in a day.
Today's Gospel states:'When the crowds were increasing, he began to say, "This generation is an evil generation; it seeks a sign, but no sign shall be given to it except the sign of Jonah. For as Jonah became a sign to the men of Nin'eveh, so will the Son of man be to this generation. The queen of the South will arise at the judgment with the men of this generation and condemn them; for she came from the ends of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon, and behold, something greater than Solomon is here. The men of Nin'eveh will arise at the judgment with this generation and condemn it; for they repented at the preaching of Jonah, and behold, something greater than Jonah is here'(Luke 11:29-32).
In today's Gospel we hear how the world is always seeking a sign, always wanting to know how things will turn out. The Jewish people sought a Messiah, a king to deliver them out of poverty and to triumph above the Romans, before Jesus' time. However, when Jesus came, he was not the Messiah they expected, he was a suffering and sacrificial Messiah, something greater in God's plan. In the same way, we need to live day by day, take in the heartaches and joys of every moment and realize the goodness in sacrifices. Everything we do is for the good of our lives, is a part of God's unique plans for us. Don't try to skip to the end goal, relish in the moment. Take some time to ask God to help you live in the moment and accept His plan.
Today's prayer comes from 'Christian recovery' a prayer for living in the moment:
Help me to live in the present. Allow me to be present to you, as you are always present to me, each moment of each day. Allow me to be present to the gift of each moment, no matter how ordinary, so that I can be present to the joy and wonder of your loving presence each moment of each day. Amen.