Connecting Point: May 5, 2019

How can I realize Christ when I’m struggling?

Jesus is on the shore off in the distance while the disciples were on the boat fishing all night. They did not recognize Jesus when he appeared to them after their long night of not catching any fish.

The Gospel focuses on how we can get so bogged down by the busyness of our lives that we miss seeing the Lord standing on the shore calling to us.

We live in a fast-paced world of information and distraction. It seems that sometimes we are on a neverending merry-go-round. It is during these times, that distract us from hearing Jesus calling out to us. We often do not notice his presence in the circumstances and events of our lives.

During my years of spending time with family, working, studying at the seminary, and diaconate formation, I found it a great challenge to slow down and find time to spend with Jesus. At times, I was so focused on my work and studies I failed to notice him. When I took time to pray, meditate in front of the blessed sacrament, or read scripture I reconnected with Jesus. I realized Christ was present in the patients I assisted with their insurance needs, he was present in my family members during times of joy and pain, he was present in my achievements and failures, he was present in illness and the loss of loved ones. He was always there celebrating my joys and comforting me in times of pain.

So, when you feel overwhelmed or pushed by the flood of life, take some time to get out of your boat! Go meet Jesus at the shore through prayer, meditation, before the blessed sacrament, through the rosary, or sacred scripture. Move your focus off the “catch of fish in your net” and let go to spend some time with the risen Lord.

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