For Lent I gave up computer games.
…..BOY!!! Was it hard!!
It became obvious that games had become a knee jerk reaction to any lull in time, any ambivalent time, any lazy time. Actually … any time time.
It gave me tremendous pause to see how ingrained under my skin games had become, first while I eat, then after I eat; well, dinner is cooking…. I’m thinking of dinner….
Without the games I faced my lull, my ambivalence, my laziness, my wasted time, what discovery!!! Such discovery showed me just how much time was lost, unused, squandered…. Yep, squandered…. It brought a mild cold sweat about me, I realized that time is among the greatest gifts from God we have. Time to conquer our iniquities and I just dwelled in mine. Oh boy!!
Years ago I learned a profound (and forgotten) lesson from the Missionaries of Charity. When Jesus says He is always with us, we have a tendency to make Him twiddle His Divine Thumbs. His Divine Lips are moving and we, oblivious, engage in whatever but His Words directed to us EACH AND EVERY MOMENT OF OUR LIVES are carried off by the spiritual winds!!! Each and every moment….. Which means each moment put together with another moment make up time. How many moments have I wasted in self, instead of Him Who not only dwells in me but accompanies me to prevent that worst should happen to me EACH AND EVERY MOMENT!!!
How I neglect Him, how much time have I lost.
So I’ve decided to live the very moment to moment He spends with me, with Him.
It’s incredibly difficult….to live….
…because it brings me instantly to what His Will for me is….. and it is most usually totally against my comfort zone. I instantly am aware of what it is I am supposed to be doing, instant call to duty, responsibility, obedience, all that I had rejoiced in totally abandoning for the challenge of beating my last score….. oh yeah….. big time trouble.
Funny thing, when I chose to live the Sacredness of the Present Moment, I never was met by an impatient, frowning Jesus, NEVER! Only the action that would make me holy and responsible, my own contribution to my own growth; never an expression of disapproval that would make me contort compromise or condescend to coax a smile.
Strait shoot. Do what’s right. That’s that.
Is there anyone who does not want to be holy? To be righteous before God? To praise Him and glorify Him all the time with our lives? We Catholics sort’a want that, no?
Well, great news for those who decide for the Sacrament of the Moment, God said darn clearly what He wants best in Psalm 149:1, “…Praise the LORD. Sing to the LORD a new song, his praise in the assembly of his faithful people”.
Look what St Augustine said about that verse….. it surely made it clear to me….
“Now it is your unquestioned desire to sing of him whom you love, but you ask me how to sing his praises. You have heard the words: Sing to the Lord a new song, and you wish to know what praises to sing. The answer is: His praise is in the assembly of the saints; it is in the singers themselves. If you desire to praise him, then live what you express. Live good lives and you yourselves will be his praise.
And there He is always calling to the Sacrament of the Moment, that we may BE His praise…..
Blessed be God Almighty In His creation, His very GOOD creation, His Praise…. Us.
In His Thirst, Yolanda Bello