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Saturday, November 18, 2017

Desperate Hunger Energizes Curiosity

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Can you remember when you became “curious” about the faith – whether as a convert, revert, or cradle Catholic just waking up to mature discipleship

The Rich Young man in the Gospel of Matthew was not hungry or thirsty. He was curious, he did seek Jesus and ask Him questions but he was too comfortable to let go of his old way of life and trust in God alone.

The Rich and the Kingdom of God

16 Just then a man came up to Jesus and asked, “Teacher, what good thing must I do to get eternal life?”

17 “Why do you ask me about what is good?” Jesus replied. “There is only One who is good. If you want to enter life, keep the commandments.”

18 “Which ones?” he inquired.

Jesus replied, “‘You shall not murder, you shall not commit adultery, you shall not steal, you shall not give false testimony, 19 honor your father and mother,’ and ‘love your neighbor as yourself.’”

20 “All these I have kept,” the young man said. “What do I still lack?”

21 Jesus answered, “If you want to be perfect, go, sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.”

22 When the young man heard this, he went away sad, because he had great wealth.

23 Then Jesus said to his disciples, “Truly I tell you, it is hard for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of heaven. 24 Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God.”

Actively seeking, knocking and asking because I was not comfortable or satisfied with my life. Only 18, yet I knew I was hungry, thirsty for more. Not content to live only on the surface eating, drinking, shopping, buying or buried in entertainment, I had connected with the divine hollow inside which can only be filled by God the Holy Spirit.

I was hungry for more

Curious to see if the Eucharist really was the Body of Christ

Thirsty for more of God’s presence.

Searching for meaning.

Empty, even though I was ’saved’

It drove me to

Question

Listen.

Because I was desperate I stepped out in faith,

letting go of old prejudices against the cultish, heretical Catholics

To accept the answers of the Catholic Church

Trusting in the witness of millions of saints who had gone before me

Embracing the unknown, the mysteries.

Walking into the Unknown

The Cloud of Unknowing is liberating

Joyful



About the Writer

My husband and I raised 9 children on a hobby farm and discovered fulfilment and joy.The very existence of a joyful mother of nine children seems to confound people. My writing is humourous and heart warming/ thoughtful and thought provoking with a strong current of spirituality running through it.
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