March 27th, 2020
Today’s first reading from Wisdom 2:21-22, reminds me of a quote by C.S. Lewis in his famous essay The Weight of Glory. Both point to the truth repeated by every saint to us who wrestle with giving so much up for God – you feel like you are losing something but in fact you are being freed to receive so much more.
The crux of the problem is that we can’t understand the difference until we experience it, and we can’t experience it without making that leap of faith. Thus Jesus says, “Come and see” . But to follow Jesus, we must leave our present location – it requires a movement and a decision. When tempted to remain in the lesser pleasures we know, reflect on the deeper pleasures offered by God; or has Lewis puts it – exchange the mud pies for a beach vacation!
These were their thoughts, but they erred;
for their wickedness blinded them,
and they knew not the hidden counsels of God;
neither did they count on a recompense of holiness
nor discern the innocent souls’ reward.
C.S. Lewis The Weight of Glory
It would seem Our Lord finds our desires not too strong, but too weak. We are half-hearted creatures, fooling around with drink and sex and ambition when infinite joy is offered us, like an ignorant child making mud pies in the slum because he cannot imagine what is meant by the offer of a holiday at sea. We are too easily pleased.”
~ Written by Angela Jendro © 2020