Troubadours gathered in the town square dancing and sang with a spirit of joy and glory. Fools quietly stood amid the shade of local alleyways sharing old stories, broken dreams and hearts filled with a sad sense of this life. Children spontaneously chased one another playing tag, hide and seek, and doing so with a simple innocence always lost as time passes into many years. Singers, drinkers and the innocent can remind you, me, and all people about this fleeting hour, our passing days, and our common frail, imperfect and broken human condition.
Your life is a holy life, a sacred life and a precious life. It is precisely because God has created you out of divine love and in His image and likeness. Be aware of His presence in your own life and the life of your neighbor, the stranger and even within the very hearts of those whom you might consider to be your enemy. Like the old troubadours, modern fools and innocent youth, you too have but a limited amount of days upon this earth. Are you going to be able to authentically sing a song of joy and goodness? Will you opt to find peace inside a bottle filled with tasteful but empty sips and mere brokenness? Will your youthful dreams surrender to failures, shortcomings or human imperfection? I hope not!
Listen to these ancient Scripture words, “You have been told, O mortal, what is good, and what the Lord requires of you: Only to do justice and to love goodness, and to walk humbly with your God!” Follow these sacred words from God by surrendering your own self, the very depths of your being, and your own plans to those of He who breathes life into you, inspires your prayers and picks you up when you have fallen into life’s many traps. Our Lord is here, right now, right there within the very depths of you! Are you aware of our Lord’s company within you? If not, do not worry. Rather, be still and in that stillness, be silent, and ask our dear Lord to walk humbly at your side. Ask and you will receive. Seek and you will find. Knock and the door will be opened.
Listen and always know this, “Hear, O Israel! The Lord our God is Lord alone! You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength. The second is this: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. There is no other commandment greater than these.” Now, go forth into the world and live out these sacred words.
-Father Michael Briese