And I’m even more grateful that none of you called me on breaking my “no more sad posts” promise from the week prior =)
Secondly I wanted to explain to you, as an anal retentive type, I’ve set up a folder for every member of my family on our computer desktop. They each contain the person’s name followed by “stuff.” Well, all but mine. My name is followed by the word “junk.” Pretty telling, don’t you think?
Anywho, I was sorting through my “junk” after Friday’s post, and I came across something I had previously forgotten about. A long way back, I used to teach Children’s Liturgy at our church (I know, right?), and at one point they decided that we should provide the actual homily (sermon) in our own fashion to the general congregation. Of all the teachers, I was chosen (I know, right?) to do so. Now, as the church is a body politic more than anything else, the tides eventually changed, and about a week before I supposed to give the homily, they canned the whole idea. The thing I came across while sorting through my junk, was the homily I had planned on giving, but never did. Until now, that is…
OK kids – we have been getting soooooooo many complaints from the parents, jealous that they don’t get to come to the Lil Church in the back with us every week, that we thought – just this once – that we would instead bring our Lil Church up front to them! And don’t you worry; I’ll make sure that they behave as well as you do. Well, almost.
So, are we ready to listen to the readings?
And do we listen with our mouths?
Do we listen with our ears?
OK, then, let’s go!
(followed by the readings. After Gospel, wait a few minutes. Let the kids sit back down on the floor before doing so yourself. Deep breath, and…)
“You are the salt of the earth.”
Did you notice that?
“You ARE the salt of the earth.”
“You ARE the Light of the world.”
See, Jesus didn’t say, “you MAY BE the salt of the earth”,
Or, “being the salt of the earth happens from time to time”,
And He didn’t say, “There’s an outside chance that at some point you might possibly be a light of the world – hey – it happens.”
No, Jesus plainly states that we ARE the salt.
We ARE the light.
Without our even knowing it.
So… all the hard work has already been done – God already knows we have the ability to shine like His son – God has already placed His trust in us.
all I have to do is just sit here n’ “Shine” – right?
Just hang out n’ be all Salty – right?
Is there something more to it you think?
I’ve already got salty down (rubbing beard), but how exactly do I shine?
I’m pretty sure you guys are too young to have heard of this, but there used to be an uber-popular thing called a “WWJD” bracelet, and these little gems basically reminded us to always think about how Jesus would handle a situation, prior to attacking it ourselves.
I kinda wish it hadn’t been so uber-popular, because once something reaches that level of coolness, then it HAS TO – by some strange cosmic law – become uber-NOT cool at some point, and then it just disappears altogether.
I wish this hadn’t happened because these bracelets were so much easier than lugging around a copy of today’s first reading all the time.
You see the W-W-J-D stood for “What Would Jesus Do”, and in the first reading, Isaiah reminds us that “What Would Jesus Do” is exactly What Would Jesus Did:
- He gave bread
- He clothed
- He sheltered
- He embraced
- He Shone with the brightness of God’s Light!
And if I want to shine as He did – if I want to shine with the brightness of God’s Light – then all I have to do is follow His lead – all I have to do is
- Give bread – either literal or intellectual (got a good book you’re done with? Pass it along to someone else to enjoy! Not playing with that toy? Give it to someone who maybe can’t afford it!)
- Give clothing – be respectful of the clothes you have, so that when you grow out of them, someone else can wear them as well. Ask your parents to make semi-annual Amvets or Salvation Army runs.
- Give shelter – friend having a hard time with their brothers or sisters? Invite them over for a sleepover! See a classmate being bullied? Stand by them instead with the bullies – SHELTER them.
- Give embraces – real ones are cool, but sharing your toys is another way to make someone feel pretty well-hugged – holding doors for people does wonders as well, and I guarantee, if you VOLUNTARILY do dishes one night – your folks are gonna give you the hug of a lifetime – after they come back to, of course.
In other words – before you do anything – just remember that God has ALREADY placed His trust in you.
And His Son has already shown us the Way – go do it like He did it – and don’t worry about what results. Trust him like he trusts you. Then, not only will you be the Salt of the earth,
you will also be salty =)
not only will you be a Light to the world,
but you will also SHINE!
Will it be easy?
Can you do it?
Jesus believes in you, your loved ones believe in you, I believe in you – and I pray that you believe in you too =)
Now get outta here – be good through the rest of mass, and have a great week kids – thanks!
I guess I’m sharing this with you today, because when I re-read it, I found myself thinking two things. First off, my punctuation skills suck. And secondly, I really should learn to take my own advice more often.