A couple Sundays ago, our priest gave a beautiful, yet challenging sermon. He told us there are two reasons why it’s so difficult to love God with all your heart, soul and mind.
- God is intangible. We can’t see Him, we can’t touch him. It’s hard to love someone you can’t physically see and touch. I completely relate to this. It’s easy for me to put God on the back burner, especially when I’m going through my hectic, busy and chaotic days of caring for four boys, six and under, and homeschooling, running a household, etc. Instead, I’m challenging myself to see God in those moments. To take in these sacred moments of craziness He has so blessed me with. God has entrusted me with these souls and He made them in His image. When I see my children, I need to see God. I need to see child Jesus and take on Mary’s role of a devoted, loving mother. I need to cherish these moments for they will go by far too quickly.
- We’re selfish. Wow, the truth hurts! But he only spoke the truth. There are plenty of times throughout my day I choose to not love God with all my being because at the time that isn’t what I want to do. Instead of reacting with love and patience, I can easily react with impatience with my children and husband. I need to understand that my will isn’t always God’s will. He’s in control, not me. I pray for Him to give me the graces to be the person He wants me to be, for the graces to be at peace with His will, not my own. To humble myself, to be unselfish.
We spend our lives looking for happiness. Many think happiness is found in success, money, big houses, fancy cars, vacations, living on the beach, fishing, whatever your “it” may be, the list goes on and on. He made the valid point that there is nothing wrong with these things in themselves, as long as you don’t love these things more than God, but the problem is that no matter what you have or don’t have, none of it matters. At the end of the day you can have all the things that are supposed to make you happy, but eventually you’ll become unhappy because our hearts were made for much more…for a greater happiness and a greater love.
My children show me this daily…they have a million toys and it seems at least once a day I hear, “What can I do? I’m bored!” How can this be, you have a million toys!!! There’s a million things you can do! It’s because our hearts are restless, unless they rest in the Lord.
This is what we’re made for! And how blessed are we to receive Him – body, blood, soul and divinity – at every Holy Mass!
This past week was the feast day of St. Augustine. I’ve always loved his quote, “Restless is our heart until it comes to rest in Thee.” Because it is so true.
I finally finished my photo wall and made his quote into a printable and have it framed in our living room to remind us daily of this.
If you love this quote as much as I do, download it for free and hang it in your home. Enjoy :)