“The sailor cannot see the north
but knows the needle can.”
“The true protagonist of history is the beggar:
Christ who begs for man’s heart,
and man’s heart that begs for Christ.”
Humans are made for goals. We usually think that this means that we will find our happiness and purpose in life when we achieve these goals.
Of course there is a degree of satisfaction in crossing a finish line. But those of us who have already achieved a few of the goals we have set for ourselves know that when we head to bed after the goal-achievement party, the what-is-my-next-goal thought is with us, already keeping us awake with possibilities.
So perhaps it is more true to say that we humans must have goals because they require the journey we need, and its the journey we are made for.
I have come to know that the joy that I seek is found not in the achievement of a goal, but in the direction and motivation a well-discerned goal provides and the company that comes my way as I journey.
Many Christians were raised with the understanding that we are made for an eternal and heavenly goal. This is true and it means that the one who is embraced by this truth has nothing to fear when earthly projects and achievements don’t deliver all they promise.
But remember that Jesus also spoke about the Kingdom of God as present among us, maybe as imperceptible as a mustard seed, but among us.
This is why so many wise analogies speak of earthly life as hunger, a thirst, a process of working with and within our own imperfections and limitations on a journey towards a goal that can only be tasted while on earth.
There is only one answer to our human hunger and thirst, not the bread that comes to us in the form of human achievement and success, but the bread of life who is Jesus Christ.
Our healthiest posture is that of the beggar – aware that only Christ is offering the food that we seek.
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LECTIO DIVINA FOR WEDNESDAY OF EASTER WEEK III (29 April 2020)
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