The title sounds scary, but now that I have your attention you can let your guard down. When we moved to Dodge, my wife and I signed up for an adoration hour. Maybe I should say, I signed us up and she said, “OK.” We normally take turns Monday morning from 12:00 am to 1:00 a.m. so, we have no excuse not to make it. I have been reading the New Catholic Catechism for Adults when it is my turn. I do this mostly because my wife chided me for reading secular books which I am technically not supposed to do. Personally, I thought Comanche Moon by Larry McMurtry was a religious experience, but Chris shot me down. Back to the Catechism; I am up to chapter to six which explains Adam and Eve and their story. I am not sure why that chapter spoke to me in the way it did, but I have to share a passage. “Adam and Eve chose their own desires, based on a lie, over God’s will and plan. Sin entered the world though this decision to choose themselves over God and his plan” (Chp. 6, pg 68-69.) Now this passage may have a “duhhh” factor of 86 for you, but I never considered the Adam and Eve story in this context. Lay these two sentences on top of we who are working to live as stewards, it is no surprise that living a stewardship life is so challenging. I think of the lies that I have bought into and choosing myself that led me away from God’s plan. Remember the article about the van purchase we made early in our marriage, and how that decision was based on a lie, or any number commercials that promise happiness if this gadget is purchased, go to this place on vacation, or live in this house. Those are all lies if they lead us away from God and his plan. Remember though, I will not say that exclusive vacations, iPods, and a nice home are bad in and of themselves, but if they pull us away from God, they ultimately are.
This whole story of Adam and Eve focuses on the concept that if we choose the lie over God then our lives become messes. Divorce, financial struggles, jobs we do not like; name it. We need to focus on our vocations. The word "vocation" comes from the Latin vocare, meaning "to call." We are all called by our God. It takes time, patience, and an open spirit to hear this call, but still we are called. It takes a decision to hear that call, moreover, it takes a greater decision to answer that call. Our friends in Great Bend would say it was not my family’s first choice to move to Dodge, but answering that call has led to many great things. While it is challenging to say “Yes” to God, this answer is always the right choice. Taking from our own experience once more, we have a level of peace and satisfaction that what we are doing matters. There is less internal struggle between wants and needs. That is priceless. Saying “Yes” to God opens those doors.
I will end with one other passage from The Catechism for Adults Chapter 5 page 63.
“Why do so many of us tend to brush aside God’s plan for us in our lives? It seems to be because we find it hard to image how he can be so loving to us, especially in awkward surroundings. Yet if the divine Word of God could become one of us by taking on our human nature with the cooperation of a young woman in Nazareth, God can surly touch our lives.”
God loves us more than we can measure and it is difficult to grasp, especially when we act so darn human. He is calling us, patiently waiting for us to say “Yes.”
A word of thanks to Fr. Bob Schremmer. If I had not taken a class on the Catechism he taught through our ITV network, I may not have picked such a great book.
Professionally edited by: Courtney Rankin
blog comments powered by Disqus