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Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Living in the moment.. from the perspective of eternity

How did Jesus at Gethsemene consider the sacrifice he was being asked to make? Reflecting on how one might have considered things (in the first sorrowful mystery of the Rosary), it occurred to me that a long view -- a very long view -- helps one to see beyond the agpny of the moment. A cynic would argue that Christians are fools for giving things up for the sake of the promises of eternal happiness. However, a longer view of things makes sense of it. The question, as always, is one of faith: can we trust the one who makes the promise? We can quantify years or decades of sacrifice and see how small that is compared to eternity, but faith, as always, is a gift that one must ask for daily -- and live in each moment (in the backdrop of eternity).