My Dear Parishioners,
Many people pride themselves on their ability to multitask. I believe one question worth asking is: Is multitasking a good thing? We know that multitasking can have potentially disastrous consequences, both for ourselves and for others. We only have to look at the many motor vehicle accidents that have happened as a result of people eating, putting their makeup on, talking on their cell phones, shaving or texting a friend while driving.
Digging deeper, we can see that multitasking is simply one aspect of the frenzied pace and busyness of modern life. This is important to keep in mind, for if we are not careful, this pace can tear us apart at the seams, bring us to be at odds with ourselves, and rob us of the inner peace and harmony we seek. We need not fear, however, for Jesus offers us some guidance in today’s Gospel that can help us avoid falling into this trap.
Jesus tells us that we cannot serve two masters. If we try to serve two masters, we will either be de-voted to one and despise the other, or we will love one and hate the other (cf. Mt 6:24). Placing this teaching within the context of our lives, most of us probably have several masters we are trying to serve. These could include trying to serve the Lord while seeking to grow wealthy; or seeking to serve the Lord while trying to gain the love and approval of other The way to help ensure that our lives and hearts are truly focused on serving the Master who promotes our greatest good, the Lord our God, is through prayer and reflection. That is right-good, old fashioned prayer and reflection. This means that we need to clear away the clutter, the excess baggage, and perhaps shut off our cell phones, televisions and computers so we can make time to pray each and every day.
A couple of weeks ago, there appeared an article in the newspaper about a woman who didn’t have the use of her cell phone for two days because of some problems. At first she said she didn’t know what she would do. However, she said those two days made her reflect on her life and the relationships she had. She had time to allow herself to truly experience her life. When her phone was returned, she went another sixty days without her phone and found her life changed for the better. She looked at life differently and found time to reflect more on things that really mattered. What about us? Would we be able to go for sixty days without our cell phone? What about thirty days? What about ten days? What about one day? How different would our lives be? Think about that!
Daily prayer is as essential to our well-being as eating a healthy diet and regular exercise. Through a routine of daily prayer, we can come to love the Lord more fully. As this happens, we will gain greater insight into what is important and what is not, which will enable us to let go of those things that are not truly helping us. Then we can invest our precious time and energy in those things that are most beneficial to our lives, here and in eternity. As we invest in these things, we will come to experience the peace, joy and fulfillment God desires us to experience in our lives.
God Bless, Msgr. Maresca