To Be, Or Not To Be: A Seminarian

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Countdown to Ordination: Day 58

Posted by on Apr 30, 2014 at 6:00 am | Seminarians

As days rush passed, occasionally we experience an event that makes us pause and wonder, “How on earth did I get here?”

If you’ve got bad friends, an exceptionally strange life or are stuck in a bad movie you might find yourself in a jail in Tijuana, Mexico with a crude new tattoo and ask yourself the same question.

But if you’re like most people, even in a “normal” life you’ll find yourself at certain crossroads. If you’ve got good friends and family, even with difficulties, many times you’ll find yourself so blessed that you can’t really fathom it all.

In the Gospel according to Mark: Chapter 4, we read today that “this is how it is with the kingdom of God; it is as if a man were to scatter seed on the land and would sleep and rise night and day and the seed would sprout and grow, he knows not how.” (verse 26-27)

It might seems to the man to be almost a miracle. We “sophisticated” moderns who have a better natural sense of the growth of seeds and plant life than Jesus’ audience. And we think we have a better understanding of cause and effect, climate changes, human nature, the passing on of genes from on generation to the next.

Yet, even if we add up all of the individual tiny events that brought us to this day. Even if we could remember every detail of every moment since our births, some events show us how miraculous is the world around us.

Could we really explain the point of graduating from high school, dating the cutest person with exactly the personality that compliments yours, landing a new job, getting married, or ordination to the priesthood, by simply adding up many little events? It’s something so much more! The whole possibility of start and growth and life and achievement is charged with something miraculous.

The kingdom of Heaven is more than our efforts, more than the total of our good deeds. It is a the greatest miracle we will ever experience. And it begins by recognizing and thanking God for the little miracles of every moment. Let us pray in thanksgiving for every miracles which is recognized and those which are not.

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