Where This Meets That
On a friend’s recommendation, I’m currently reading Father James Martin’s book The Jesuit Guide to (Almost) Everything. Fans of The Colbert Report might recognize Martin as the show’s “chaplain,” as he has appeared on many episodes.
The book is a very accessible and pragmatic guide to Christian spirituality that focuses on helping individuals draw into a more personal relationship with God by better noticing his “signature” in everything.
I’m really enjoying the book so far and thought I would share a brief excerpt that resounded with me this week. In my early days of fatherhood, I can’t say how many times I wondered if going to Mass was even worth it because of my kids would distract so much of my attention from the service. Martin hits on this example specifically below, as well as the overarching point that God is always right where we need him to be, as long as we’re willing to find him.
If you can dig the excerpt, you’ll probably enjoy the book, as well. Happy reading!
In the Gospels, Jesus often meets people in the midst of their busy lives: Peter mending his nets by the seashore, Matthew sitting at his tax collector’s booth. Just as often he encounters people when they’re at their absolute worst: an adulterous woman about to be stoned, a woman who has been sick for many years, a possessed man not even in his right mind. In each of these situations God said to these people, busy, stressed out, worried, frightened, “I’m ready to meet you, if you’re ready to meet me.”
If God meets you where you are, then where you are is a place to meet God. You don’t have to wait until your life settles down, or the kids move out of the house, or you’ve found that perfect apartment, or you recover from that long illness. You don’t have to wait until you’ve overcome your sinful patterns, or you’re more “religious” or you can pray “better.”
You don’t have to wait for any of that.
Because God is ready now.
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