Whoever is in charge of the greeters at St. Agustin's should get a high five. I'm not sure if I've ever been more welcomed anywhere than I was when I entered the church today. Not only did the person holding the door for me smile and say hello, he shook my hand and told me he was glad that I was here. That was immediately followed by the greeter inside the church who smiled, shook my hand, and said, "Welcome to St. Agustin's! I am so glad you are here today. We can't do it without people and Jesus is happy to see you. Let me know if I can do anything for you." If that is not social excellence, I don't know what is. Not only was this a great start to my morning but it really made me think about how we welcome people in our every day lives.
In the homily, the priest asked us if we were intentionally seeking out Jesus in our daily lives or if we were just kind of wandering around, assuming that He is there. This past week I've really been convicted of essentially seeking out my mental prayer. I've always known the importance of this, but this past week it has really just clicked. In any relationship, we need to communicate, to tell our friend what is going on in our lives. The same is true with Christ. We just need to sit, quiet our hearts, and tell him everything.
The homily today echoed what I've been learning this week. I want to continue to intentionally seek out Jesus in everything that I do.
When we intentionally seek Christ and communicate with Him, we fill ourselves up with love to be given out to other people. Without being filled, we cannot love in return.
Being in relationship with Him allows us to be in relationship with others. It allows us to love each other as Christ loved us, and it allows us to choose to find joy in all places.
No, it won't always be easy. But if you continue to more forward in communication, confidence, and love, Christ will unveil a plan for you that is greater than you could ever imagine.
This weekend was filled with intentional, quiet prayer, followed by intentional time with friends.
As I move forward, I want to continue to be intentional in seeking Christ. I don't want to wander around or take His love for me for granted.
Isn't this cake just so happy?
I hope that as you continue in your walk through life you can choose to intentionally communicate with Christ, and I hope that you can learn what His voice sounds like in the quiet of your heart.