It has certainly been a busy few weeks for me! Transitioning into a new assignment, moving and putting the processes into place that will allow me to serve not only as your pastor, but also as the Director for Campus Ministry in the Diocese.
I’m sure it has been busy for you as well. The many responsibilities of career and family, the kids transitioning from school to summer vacation, the recent holiday and it’s festivities. Even our social time and time for “relaxation” can sometimes be more work than work!
In the chaos of our lives, it is difficult to find time to slow down, to “stop and smell the roses”. Even if we do find some time here and there, it is very difficult for us to be in silence or not be doing something. Pope Benedict, when he was Josef Ratzinger, wrote a book about 45 years ago called Introduction to Christianity. In the beginning of that book he spends some time on the tensions between science and theology. His point is that they both need each other to remain true to their service to humanity. Science without theology, he stated, eventually leads to a loss of the sense of being, and the motivation to seek to know.
The same can be said when we lose the balance between being on the go and true relaxing. We need to spend some time in the quiet and with God otherwise we lose a sense of who we are and why we do what we do. Sacrifice without meaning is just annoying.
“If only you would heed the voice of the Lord…” Moses calls out to us this week. Take five minutes, look at a work of art, read a psalm, survey the ocean scene, or just spend five minutes sitting in the comfy chair. It’s not wasting time, in fact it will lead to a more efficient use of time.
If we don’t take the time to slow down, God becomes some philosophical principle and not the source and goal of our lives. It is not possible to be true to ourselves as beings made in His image and likeness and the peace and happiness we desire becomes elusive.
Take 5 minutes, each day. It will make all the difference.