Feast of St. Lawrence, Deacon and Martyr: Thursday of The Eighteenth Week in Ordinary Time
Jesus said to his disciples, "Amen, amen, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains just a grain of wheat; but if it dies, it produces much fruit. (From John 12:24-26)
When I was living down in Napoleonville and serving at St. Anne, Assumption, and St. Philomena Parishes, I would, from time to time, visit some friends of mine. They are sugar cane farmers and delightful people. Often in the course of our conversation, if I had shared with them some difficulty that I was experiencing, the husband wouldn’t say anything at first. He would simply place the palm of his hand on the dining room table and slide it off the edge. And he did it with a grin, because we both knew what he was thinking. This little gesture was his way of saying, “you’ve got to let it go.” He did it with a grin, because he knew that I, more than likely, did not want to hear it. He was right. But, still, I didn’t want to hear it.
So much of life is about letting go. Some things are easier to let go of than others, while some take a while for us to move through. There are the minor irritations, such as people’s personalities or their innocent mistakes. And then there are the major, life changing losses in life that really put every fiber of our being to the test. When we can move through the experience, however, and get to the point of being able to let go, to let it “fall to the ground,” as Jesus says today, then we can achieve peace. This is the case for the pains, losses, and hurts that we experience along the way, and it is also true when it comes to the question of “how much of my life is given over to Jesus Christ in discipleship?”
Is there something that you need to let go of in order to have peace? Anger. Hurt. Resentment. Sin. The loss of someone you love. Better yet, where might I be holding back in my day to day living of the Gospel and my faith?