Jesus journeyed from one town and village to another,
preaching and proclaiming the good news of the Kingdom of God.
Accompanying him were the Twelve
and some women who had been cured of evil spirits and infirmities,
Mary, called Magdalene, from whom seven demons had gone out,
Joanna, the wife of Herod’s steward Chuza,
Susanna, and many others
who provided for them out of their resources. Luke 8:1-3
Some passages and readings that come during the week from the Church, I don’t get right away. I know that there is a purpose and a reason behind the passages and why certain things were written about. I know the words to be true. I just sometimes have a hard time interpreting what is meant. I guess that is why they call it the mystery of faith.
Isn’t that the way the world works sometimes? There is a meaning to it all, but sometimes we can not see the message right away. You can’t see the forest for the trees, so to speak. It is tough to get the complete message when you are standing in the middle of it. All of it has a harmony, but even it is hard to see that harmony sometimes. Just like the words to this passage, on their own, they make you wonder what is being said, and even in context, they are still perplexing. You don’t understand the full meaning, until you pull yourself away from it, analyze it, and then it starts to become clear.
That is a huge problem we face right now. Our modern day view has us wanting answers right now. We want clarity right away, and if it is three seconds late, we feel slighted. We feel jaded when things are not presented to us expediently and in the manner we intended for us. Oh, what a shallow world we live in now, where our own brilliance and technology has caused us to lose sight with the harmony of the world. Yes, I said it, we have so caught ourselves up with social media, celebrity gossip, and wanting answers in an instant, that we have forgot that nature does not work that way.
So, how do we get back to that harmony? Unplug. Turn off electronics. Quit sweating the fact that things are not instantaneous in the world. All of these are difficult to do. Everyone of these takes discipline and effort on our parts. There is no real easy solution to it, but you have to try. I know from personal experiences that being connected all the time like that will ruin all kinds of things, including your patience. In order to take back your perspective on lives, moderation in all things is a must, and taking real time to just contemplate things, on no real time frame, is mandatory. It will help to understand things, like this passage that Luke gave us, as part of the reading for today. Sit with it, meditate on it, figure out what is going on with it. Try that with other things in your life. Let it all sit for a little while, and see how it goes. Turning it off might help you turn your true self back on.