Today’s homily contains lessons that got me smiling because of its simple practicality but clear depth. The salient points that hit hardest are presented as mini bites.
1. God doesn’t exist for us, we exist for God.
2. Longing is the beginning to belonging
3. People need to be taught not to bring logs to build a ship, but to long for the immensity of the sea.
The intention being “to draw them in to see and want to encounter the big picture of the sea called God.” Whenever we stand on shores of the sea or a lake, looking across the horizon and bearing a desire to know what lies on the other side, wishing to know just isn’t going to cut it. We need to get into a ship and move across to that other side.
We therefore cannot reach into the vastness of God without daring to ride upon the waters. Calm waves, underlying currents, and splashes of water against the bow of the ship are a semblance the many mysteries we will encounter on that ride. It is our continual pressing that will open us up to all the fountain of possibilities in God.
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