Wednesday, June 9, 2021

😎🐫🎤 Christ’s peace be with you.  On Tuesday evening a friend mentioned to me about the recent loss of a family member.  That makes two people in less than a week that shared with me that their aunt had passed.  As I prayed with her, it really got me to thinking about this journey we call life.  But life is not a singular journey.  Just as our body is made of many parts and each part plays a roll in our development as a person, your life is made up of many journeys.  Each journey you travel plays a roll in your development, how you think, react, and approach your next adventure.  Right now, in this life journey, you may have 50 or more other journeys in play.  Don’t believe me?  Start counting.  Your journey with:

God

As a child.  Yes, every single one of us is a child to someone.

A sibling.

A spouse.

Children.

Children’s spouses.

Friends individually.

Groups of friends.  There is definitely a different dynamic in a group compared to one on one.

An aunt or uncle.

A Godparent.

Grandparent.

Work.  This is a journey that encompasses a lot of hours.

Coworkers.

School.

Vacation.

What you choose for entertainment.

Physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual fitness.

Where you live.

Where you shop.

Random encounters.

Go on.  Keep listing them out.  There’s no doubt in my mind that you’ll get to at least 50.  Take a moment to reflect on each of these journeys you are on.  Okay, you don’t have to do them all right now.  Take a few days and next to each of your journeys write a little about how it is affecting your life journey.  Is it positive or is it having a negative impact?  Do you pray about and for each of these journeys?  To be truthful, I would have to say no.  Should I, absolutely.  Sitting here looking at my hands as I type, it made me think of Brian and I.  We are the palms and our five children and their spouses make up the 8 fingers and 2 thumbs.  I’ll let you kids decide which you are.  😉  Each finger can work independent, as two independent hands, and also fit nicely, folded together, joined as one. 

Within the Catholic Church, this past Sunday we celebrated Corpus Christi.  The Solemnity of the most Holy Body and Blood of Christ.  In Mark 14:22-24 Jesus institutes the Sacrament of Communion, in which He gives us His Body and Blood as a final covenant of love to us.  Take note of what He proclaims.

“While they were eating,
He took bread, said the blessing,
broke it, gave it to them, and said,
“Take it; this is My body.”
Then He took a cup, gave thanks, and gave it to them,
and they all drank from it.
He said to them,
“This is My blood of the covenant,
which will be shed for many.”

“This is My Body.”  “This is My Blood.”  He did not say this is a symbol of or this represents.  IS

He offers this covenant of His Holy Body and Blood to each and every one of us.  But He won’t force us to accept it.  He willingly offers, then leaves it for us to discern to accept or reject His offer.  There are many journeys, even within our journey with the Lord.  Pray about your journey.  When you’ve got the Real Thing, no substitute will do.  It’s just not the same. 

Bless others and be blessed. 

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#Leeland – Better Word

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