Saturday, August 28, 2010

How About Me?

This comes from the Pastor's Desk of Fr. Floyd Rotunno of The Immaculate Heart Of Mary Church, Mahwah, NJ...bulletin 29 August 2010

There is a popular song that tells the story of a boy and his girlfriend. All the girlfriend talks about is herself. She talks about her hair, the latest style of clothes she is wearing, her manicure appointments, her figure, her diet, her shoes and "on and on" about herself.
He reaches the point where he has had enough and shouts, "How About Me!" He has reached the breaking point and say, "It's all about YOU, it's all about YOU, YOU, YOU, When is it going to be all about ME?"
Is it fair to say this relationship was going nowhere except into the dead end zone? A lot of us Catholics are this way in the way we practice our faith and in our prayer life. We ask, ask, ask. We complain, complain, complain. We treat God, in all His splendor, Father, Son and Holy Spirt, like one of those candy machines we see in the stores. We put our quarter in and expect our candy in return. Yes, we treat God as impersonal as that! No wonder many such relationships also wind up in the dead end zone.
Jesus invites us to a relationship with Him, the Father, and the Holy Spirit when He says, "Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest," (Mt 11:28) In this relationship He tells us what He will do for us. It is a caring relationship based on one who is "meek and humble of heart." He expects the same in return. This is the basis for a long and blessed life together.

Amen, Fr. Floyd!

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