Less is More
EVERYONE SHOULD READ:
We once again went to ‘Our Lady of Perpetual Hope’ in Carrollton, GA where Deacon Gary gave this week’s sermon. As the Gospel speaks clearly about wealth, he told us of a time where he had his mind set on a new retro styled Ford Thunderbird. His determination paid off and he got his car. He thought he was in heaven; he babied his car and had the time of his of life, at least so he thought. Over time, the car wasn’t as ‘perfect’ as he once thought, and it began to sit around more an more. But he still would never let it go…. During this time though, he also was spending more and more time listening to his heart – He began devoting time in the morning to praying- listening to what God was saying to him—really whispering to him. Slowly he was changing… so much so that he was contemplating becoming a Deacon. This was something he never ever thought he would ever do. He was just like many of us- sitting out there listening to the homilies of others, not thinking about himself actually being the one to deliver one!
This week’s Gospel once again uses ‘hyperbole’ to drive home a point about wealth.
(FYI- Hyperbole means: exaggerated statements or claims not meant to be taken literally)
We need to focus on some key words to fully understand the message of the good, but wealthy man here.
First- when Jesus looked to the man who was seeking eternal life, he ‘loved him’. He wasn’t rejecting him.
Second- when the apostles missed the point of Jesus’ use of a hyperbole about wealth and asked, “Then who can be saved?”, Jesus said to them
“For human beings it is impossible, but not for God. All things are possible for God.”
It is important to recognize our sins of wanting ‘things’ over spiritual, eternal life.
As you can imagine, he did give up that car. Deacon Gary told how he devotes the 1st hour of the morning to God- praying and listening to what God is whispering to him. Let’s face it, the more ‘stuff’ we have, the more time it takes to care for it- a bigger house takes more furniture, and more time to clean & maintain; 2 cars take twice the effort of one; more clothes takes a bigger closet, and so forth. The more time we spend on this, there is less time to devote toward God. If we chose to spend more money on better, more expensive things, we think we will save time, but then we devote more effort to our jobs to earn that extra cash. We are just on a hamster wheel of the ‘here and now’, and not improving our spiritual self. (this really hit home- I’ve got way too much stuff; this email SHOULD be coming out Sunday evening, and NOT the following Saturday morning! When I devote time to God- ether right before I go to sleep, or first thing in the AM- while still in bed, I do indeed feel as though God is talking to me. Too many times though, I am thinking about how to plan my day, or trying to solve the problem of yesterday.)
Deacon closed his homily by telling us how fulfilling, how powerful, how rewarding his conversion from being the guy who was maybe just a once a week Christian, to someone who has been immensely blessed by the power of the Holy Spirit, and now has the opportunity to preach the Gospel. He urged us to start our own conversion- to find out what God’s plan is for us, because there is definitely is one; and he assured us that it too can be just as powerful, rewarding and fulfilling as his was.
Written by my father!!