Tuesday, June 22, 2021

Tuesday of the Twelfth Week in Ordinary Time

Jesus tells us of the two roads we can travel in life. The first is the road of endless choices, in which we can choose and keep choosing realities and things that make our lives a bit easier, more secure financially, and filling space with possessions that seem to accumulate endlessly. The other road is narrow with choices that are limited to living a life of gospel discipleship. On this constructed road, we don’t choose to make our lives more comfortable and easy, with the wind always at our back. No, we choose to make life more meaningful and spiritually enriching, not only for ourselves, but also for the unfortunate ones, and these are many.

The narrow road is painfully hard for the vast majority of us in our very comfortable lives. At least materially. I am living in a large space, me alone, while so many families must live in space half of what I have. I knew a man who lived in a tiny, tiny house who gave at least ten percent of his limited social security to charity. Every month!!!!

I asked him how he did it and he simply said he “chooses” to live simply in gratitude to God for what he has, realizing most people in the world have less. His vacations are spent very close to home. Perhaps they are IN his home.

What road are you traveling on?

Fr. Frank