April 29, Catherine of Sienna Acts 4:32-37/ Jn 3:7-15

Catherine of Sienna said, “To the servant of God every place is the right place, and every time is the right time,”  and in that comment she summarizes the heart of the Easter faith. Our calling is to share the gospel in words, and in our sharing of our material goods. Only when we can let go of our material goods can we truly be free. When we can let go of our need to always be busy, and take time for people will we be free.

What I see going on in our community and society in general is the inability of people to share, to listen, and to walk with people.  I am asked “how do you always have time for people,”and for me it is easy–I let go of those things–email, appointments, texting, worrying about material goods–to walk with people. I am learning ever so slowly to walk in the Wind of the Spirit and trust, with all of my heart and soul and mind. Deo Gratias! Thanks be to God!

Because of herding animals, we have cast ourselves out of the garden into the rat race of competition and consumerism, ashamed of ourselves. It is this low self-esteem that drives the profits of corporations enriching themselves on our insatiable craving for gadgets, drugs, and entertainment to help us forget what we know in our hearts, and to cover over the moans of the animals entombed in our flesh.

The choice is set before us at every meal between the garden of life or the altar of death and as we choose life and eat grains and vegetables rather than flesh, milk, and eggs, we find our joy rising, our health increasing, our spirit deepening, our mind quickening, our feelings softening, and our creativity flourishing. Dr. Will Tuttle




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