19th Sun A
Reflection is an essential element of our growth in Christ. As we reflect over what we have learnt and ponder it in our hearts, we come to recognise the presence of God in our lives.
This Sunday's Reflection
Focus – we are all aware of the difference that focus makes in a person’s life. For any achievement to occur, whether in relationship or in sport, we need to be able to exclude other options and hone in on our goal. The question is how and on what we are to focus. Lack of focus, at best, leads to a boring failure of a life, at worst, it is appallingly destructive. Obsessive focus, even on good things, can have even more damaging results.
Peter, when he remained focussed on Jesus, was able to do what no human had done before him: walk on water. Later, when focussed on Jesus he was able to lead the fledging Church. Even then, when he took his eyes off the person of Jesus, he sank into the morass of conflicted opinion just as heavily as he sank into that sea. Focussing on Jesus gave him direction and courage in his life.
The same holds for us. We need to look to Jesus and his teaching to guide and lead our lives. We all have a tendency to absolutize our experience, to want too much and too many different things, to think we suffer overmuch. Our lives so easily get out of balance and we find it difficult to hold the conflicting parts together. Focusing on Jesus integrates the disparate aspects of our lives, as the spokes do to a wheel. With his help, the various parts can then work together for our good and for the service of those around us. Focussed on him, we will not only be able to do extra-ordinary things, if he so calls us, but we will be able to do the ordinary things of life better. Jesus can call us out of our conflicted selves and form us according to the vision of God revealed in himself.