March 12, 2011

DOUBTING hISOWNSELF:

He Went to the Desert to Face Himself (Monsignor Dennis Clark, Ph.D., 3/12/11, Catholic Exchange)

Things are not always as simple as they seem! Sometimes we’re not even clear about our own motives, what we really value, and what makes us tick. That’s why the Spirit led Jesus far out into the desert, to a place of absolute silence, for 40 days and 40 nights: to face Himself, to look deep inside and see the gifts the Father had entrusted to Him, and to see that those gifts could be wasted and betrayed, if He forgot His vocation.

Jesus didn’t forget His vocation. He didn’t get lost inside His own ego. He took those extraordinary gifts of His — His understanding heart, His ability to forgive, His calm and total trust in His Father, His delight in being alive, His special talent for friendship, and finally, His very life — He took it all, and He gave it all to us. And in giving it all, He found His life’s purpose and His joy.

The Spirit is calling us now to face ourselves, to name our gifts and rejoice in them, to see where those gifts are calling us, and to see also the dark side of our gifts — how they can be, or perhaps are being, misused, betrayed, or wasted.

Posted by Orrin Judd at March 12, 2011 8:24 AM
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