Source: Ash Wednesday
(Ash Wednesday Sermon) – February 17th 2021 (Catholic Live Streaming)
You are here for a reason. I am here for a reason.
God has a plan. 💚
Let us begin today with this experience from last year.
I often talk about being true to oneself in any situation you find yourself. Many times, that truth can hurt and be very discomforting, but if you manage to confront it, you’ll feel better.
In my own case, telling myself I needed to stay away for many weeks did the magic for me. I had to confront myself and ask very difficult life questions.
Why am I here? Why do I need a friend? Why do I need people in my life? From here, where do I go? Why grief? Why do things?
Sometime in late January, I told a friend he was only in my life because of the material gains he receives from me and so far, I’ve not seen any reciprocity. He laughed it off and said it doesn’t matter. Besides, he never asked to be my friend.
I thought about his comment and the many times we’ve assumed someone is there for us, not knowing they are choking us for their own gains.
If many people are financially or emotionally stable, there would be less need for several relationships. Look around you and notice this is the sad truth. Financially most especially.
But right here, the relationship I have built with you goes beyond any material gains. You have shown me that my presence here matters to you.
Being away for so long and returning to a warm welcome gladdens my heart.
This life’s project we have goes beyond the social media. While we sustain our virtual conversations to give us something to hope for, I believe our actions in the real world speaks more in the lives of everyone around us.
So today, I am grateful for the gift of you here.
Thank you for everything you’ve been to me on this space. I may not take out the time to say it always, but your comments, likes and shares mean so much to me.
Thank you so much for being my friend.
Till we get to the Promised Land, I shall be waiting for when you will pass me a glass of water and thank God for the gift of grace for the race.