FOURTH SUNDAY OF LENT
“However, take care and be earnestly on your guard not to forget the things which your own eyes have seen, nor let them slip from your memory as long as you live, but teach them to your children and to your children’s children.” Deuteronomy 4: 9
This week while I was preparing for daily Mass, this Scripture passage from Deuteronomy struck me, to “not forget the things which your own eyes have seen, nor let them slip from your memory.” Our memory is quite an amazing thing – being able to recall the many things that happen in our life on a daily basis. As I reflected on that passage, I realized that many times in my own life, my memory gets stuck on areas of hurt, struggle or difficulties. After further evaluation though, I realized that the difficulties in my life are greatly outnumbered by the goodness I have been shown by others, especially our Heavenly Father. Just think of the number of blessings and graces that are received daily by each one of us as a sign of God’s love. Often times they might not even be recognized, maybe because our focus is on something else. Remember how good the Lord has been to us, taking time to recount His goodness. This became especially poignant to me while I was listening to Fr. Cimpl, Pastor of Holy Spirit, preach the funeral Mass of Fr. Al Krzyzopolski last Tuesday at the Church of St. Mary. He spoke about how the Lord had used Fr. Al to bless so many people whether it was through Bible studies, wonderful homilies, preparation for marriage, celebration of the Mass, feeding of the Eucharist or Baptism, just to name a few. The blessings that we the faithful received because Fr. Al answered the call to Priesthood – God knowing the man who would be able to answer the needs of us who would benefit from his ministry. I for one was blessed since Fr. Al brought my mother into the Catholic Church, married my parents, brought me into the Church through the waters of Baptism and vested me as a priest at my ordination. God blessed me through his yes – and in so doing, how many others!
So what are your blessings, the ways God has touched your life this week? Take some time to remember, but also to share with others, especially your children and grandchildren, those ways in which God acts. Throughout all of Scripture, that is exactly what we are hearing, the memory of those who experienced the love of God and wrote it down, so we, too, could know of His goodness. In a recent homily, Pope Francis encouraged us not to forget, but to remember. He said, “Our memory is so important for recalling the grace received because if we chase away that enthusiasm which comes from the memory of that first love (God)…then a huge danger arrives for Christians: a lukewarm faith. Lukewarm Christians.” Take some time today to remember the goodness of the Lord…and give thanks!
God Bless You! Fr Young