The invitation to transform ourselves in God is always waiting.
by Jenny Beatrice
I didn’t even make it to October 1.
It usually takes longer for the daily grind of a new school year to wear me out. And I’m not even a teacher. My husband, an athletic director, and my 20 year old, 18 year old and 12 year old have returned to the classroom and their busy schedules. I get tired just watching them.
I do have some responsibilities in all of this madness. I am a chauffeur. A home IT professional. An editor. A bank teller. And the one who tells people that they forgot their lunch on the counter.
Although I have a hard time keeping up, I do envy them. Unlike my experience in a year-round job, they have the opportunity to start with a clean slate every fall. There is a structure to the routine, but there is also a freedom—a freedom to try on new clothes, a new attitude, a new beginning.
But why don’t we do this anytime of year? Why do wait for the calendar to tell us when it’s time to renew? New Year’s resolutions are a traditional flop for most people. Lent seems to bring a little more success, but we often fall into the trap of taking up a practice that focuses on what’s our plates instead of what’s in our hearts.
St. Vincent made every moment before God present and refused to be distracted by past or future. Through this lens, the invitation to transform ourselves in God is always waiting.
Quoting Gregory Naziazen, St. Vincent writes, “Whenever I take into my hands the Holy Scriptures, I am purified, I move into another river, I am divinely changed.”
So what are we waiting for?
Source: Empowered by Love by Pat Jackson, SAC