"darlin' if you want Me to be closer to you, get closer to Me.darlin' if you want Me to be closer to you, get closer to Me.
darlin' if you want Me to love, love only you, then love only Me.
darlin' if you want Me to see, see only you, then see only Me." (Seals & Crofts - Get Closer, 1976)
this past week we've been looking at the Kingdom of God, and how Our Lord Jesus Christ describes it. the Kingdom is like a hidden treasure. the Kingdom is like a pearl of great value. as in the first, i found my vocation by accident - suddenly, everything made sense, and i understood that i must answer God's call in serving Him in the priesthood. i must sell everything and follow Him. of course, as the parable continues, first God found us, now we are invited to find him. like the man searching and selling all he has to buy the pearl of great value, God in JC continues to invite me, us, to find Him each and every day!
why is this so hard sometimes? why is He so good at playing hide-and-go-seek?! just when enough is enough, i find Him (of course, He finds me - all is grace). i want You to be closer to me, and so i must make that move of looking once again for the pearl of great value.
i find Him in:
- you, my family and friends, my brothers and sisters
- the frequent reception of Confession
- the Eucharist. when all was falling apart in PEIsland, it was the Eucharist (communion with Christ, communion with one another) that healed my heart.
Fr. jsb, over and out. peace!