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6/10/18 Tenth Sunday in Ordinary Time - Deacon Tony

Tenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

* From our second reading: “For this momentary light affliction is producing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to what is seen but to what is unseen; for what is seen is transitory, but what is unseen is eternal.”

* If all we ever believe is what we can see and touch and experience physically… we’re only living half of life…

* Because there’s so much more to life than we can see and touch or experience with our physical senses...

* We need to allow our hearts to help us see and experience the other half of life... the parts of life that are eternal…

* It’s all too easy to get wrapped up in the issues we face each day and lose our perspective on life… To essentially live only on the surface of life…

* Driving on the highway today can be analogous to the lives we lead… It seems to be a never ending race…

* Unfortunately, we seldom question the haste with which we often live our lives…

* At some point – We each need to face the reality that as Pope Francis has observed: we are not machines…

* We have become a people living on the edge…

* The edge of physical, emotional, and even spiritual breakdown…

* We see rage, incivility, violence, and hatred and often just shrug our shoulders in disbelief, wondering what has happened to us…

* Never attributing these conditions as potential symptoms of a larger issue…

* The issue that we may be literally driving ourselves to the breaking point…

* And while this is happening all around us, very few of us take the time or make the effort to question if we really need to live this way…

* The question for all of us is: Can we learn to see beyond what the world considers reality to what really matters in life?…

* The busyness of life can often get the better of us… and years can fly by without us ever questioning the life that we’re living…

* In the busyness of our daily lives, the absurd can often become the norm over time, until we blithely become numb to the chaos all around us and perhaps within us…

* In order to allow ourselves to see beyond the limits that the world imposes upon us, we must remove ourselves from the world…Not physically – But mentally and emotionally…

* And this requires that we make some time to be still… to literally just stop…

* If we don’t choose to break the cycle… The cycle will inevitably break us…

* This requires that we make some time to reconnect with God… Who cannot be heard above the noise of our busy days…

* As long as we remain on the treadmill of life… We will never be able to mentally slow ourselves down long enough to catch our breath and reclaim our lives…

* God will not try to keep pace with us… It’s us who must slow down for God…

* Jesus was viewed as a radical because He saw beyond the surface realities of life to what really mattered… To those virtues and values that were eternal…

* And in order to see as Jesus sees, we need to unlearn much of what the world has taught us to believe…

* The world consumes us by encouraging us to consume…

* To consume material goods, to consume power, to consume money, and ultimately to consume our very lives with one distraction after another… until one day our time is up…

* We’re encouraged to seek perpetual youth, to seek the latest fad, and to deny the stark realities of life…

* We’re encouraged to seek advantage over others, to get ahead, to rise above…

* But too often we never stop to ask ourselves just what are we rising above?… and what about all of the people we left behind us on our way to the top?

* Too often, we never ask ourselves what the cost of these short term gains really are…

* Too often, we spend most of our lives chasing shadows, only to find at the end, that we’ve missed many of the most important aspects of life in our rush to the finish line…

* We must choose to break this cycle if we’re to find meaning and value in our lives…

* We must seek those things that reveal our innermost dreams and hopes…

* We must seek those things that bring out the very best in us and in others…

* In essence - We must choose to see beyond the world and seek those things that are eternal…

* We have no choice but to deal with the world we live in...

* But how we choose to deal with it makes all the difference...

* Our perspective… How we see things… How we see others, How we see ourselves… How we see God matters more than we can imagine…

* Our perspective forms our view of the world around us and inside us…

* It affects how we live, how we act, and helps to form our legacy after we’re gone…

* Many choose to look at life from the limited point of view that tells us that this world is all that matters...

* We live in a world that in essence denies our human condition…

* If we choose to adopt the world’s perspective we will often meet the harsh realities of life with anger, bitterness, contempt, and cynicism…

* If however, we choose to adopt a broader perspective, and allow God to enter more fully into our worldview, we’ll begin to appreciate that the difficulties of this world are temporary, and should not be allowed to rob us of our inner joy...

* It’s with this broader perspective that we can begin to make sense of what often appears to many as senseless…

* Fear is what holds us back...

* Fear is what keeps us from opening our hearts to God to more fully experience the other half of life...

* We must give ourselves permission to fail in order to overcome our fears...

* Life is simply too short to only be half lived...

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