February 17, 2019
In so many ways, without knowing, we may have become hoarders. Believe it or not hoarding seems to give us a sense of security. We leave our homes on a daily basis, not realizing that we are hoarding, but as soon as we open the door, it smacks us in the face. We hate to throw things out. The stuff we have is not always bad for us. It becomes bad if it takes over and controls us.
Even in the spiritual realm of our lives their might be that tendency to become hoarders. What do I mean by that? Without knowing it, we may find ourselves in a rut doing something the same way every day, we do not deviate. I want to take just one topic of the gospel for examination. “Woe to you who are filled now, for you will be hungry.” What are we filled with? That is the question. If we are filled with ourselves, there is not room for God in our life. The sad part is that many of us are not even aware of the problem. Jesus called those people whited sepulchers, nice to look at but filled with dead bones.
We have to be like the woman at the well. “Give me some of that water to drink.” Jesus gave her that “water” and filled the true emptiness of her life with Himself. Jesus wants to fill us with Himself, just like He did the women at the well, but like the women at the well, we too have to first clean our house. Just as our minds turn to spring cleaning to see what needs to be discarded; let us also do a spiritual spring cleaning; so that we will be able to receive what Jesus wants to give us. Jeremiah in the first reading reminds us this way: “He is (each of us) like a tree planted beside the waters that stretches out its roots to the stream: It fears not the heat when it comes; its leaves stay green; in the year of drought it shows no distress, but still bears fruit.”
Just to let you know I will be away on vacation beginning February 18th and returning the evening of February 22nd.
God Bless, Fr. Ray