Looking Ahead

Looking ahead realistically is always hard, but maybe it’s harder today, especially for a religious congregation like mine, whose membership is old and whose financial resources are stretched.

We mirror the church in this country, in fact, which is losing members and running short on finances. So, we have to plan for diminishment’

But God’s plan is not to fade away, but to grow; to live and not to die. The wonderful first reading from Zechariah for today’s Mass talks about growth, not decline. Keep a “measuring line” in your hand for what is new, it says. Don’t be afraid to think big.

Here’s the reading from Zechariah in full:

“I, Zechariah, raised my eyes and looked: 
there was a man with a measuring line in his hand.
I asked, “Where are you going?”
He answered, “To measure Jerusalem,
 to see how great is its width and how great its length.”

Then the angel who spoke with me advanced,
and another angel came out to meet him and said to him,
“Run, tell this to that young man:
People will live in Jerusalem as though in open country,
because of the multitude of men and beasts in her midst.
But I will be for her an encircling wall of fire, says the LORD,
and I will be the glory in her midst.”

Sing and rejoice, O daughter Zion!
See, I am coming to dwell among you, says the LORD.
Many nations shall join themselves to the LORD on that day,
and they shall be his people and he will dwell among you.”

We need God’s “measuring line” when we look ahead.

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3 responses to “Looking Ahead

  1. mystagogyfortheanawim

    Dear Fr. Victor…

    Do the Passionists… include Holy Saturday in the embrace of the Passion of Jesus Christ? Because it would seem to me as I read your recent posts that THERE, in the Passion of Holy Saturday, is where you are…

    What is it about Holy Saturday…. it is that place that the Heart rests while waiting for the Lord to move. A woman once spoke of a Spirituality of Waiting… and perhaps I would rename it as the Passion of Waiting – Holy Saturday… the fruits she described hints at the Passion that birthed them….

    Patience
    Loss of Control
    Living in the Present
    Compassion
    Gratitude
    Humility
    Trust in God

    Our Blessed Mother Mary shows us the Face of Holy Saturday. Holy Saturday, is a School of the Heart… This then is the Passion of Holy Saturday.

    Nearly 6:00 AM
    Morning Prayer
    … and God looks for me…

    Amen

  2. vhoagland

    “The Passion of Waiting” sounds like it to me.

  3. I LOVE your blog. It’s super creative and insightful. Thanks so much for sharing. 🙂

    Love,
    Hannah

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