July 16th 2017 Bulletin Message, Fr. Floyd McKinney
One of my fond memories of childhood is helping dad in the field. By mentioning that, I do not mean that I always liked the work; but there was something about being with the strong man that he was: strong in convictions and values. It did not matter what kind of work we were doing, I knew that there was a purpose. I hated fixing the old fences that were rusty wire ready to break at any moment. However by fixing those fences we were making them last for a while longer and saving the cost of new fences.
St Paul talks about the sufferings of the present and how we are groaning within ourselves as we wait for eternal life. My analogy is that we fixed the fences to ‘get by’ until the new fence could be built. In our lives we sometimes do not do our best work; we try to get by with the least amount of work, or we procrastinate hoping that the work will disappear. So maybe the question is what we expect to achieve with our lack of enthusiasm.
The word of God comes to us to achieve something, and God says it will not return to him without doing something. If the word of God is coming to us, we can ask what it has achieved in us. All of us have to think about what we are doing with our lives. When it comes to spirituality and stewardship, is there a void that we need to fill. Each of us has something of that Word that the Lord has ‘rained down’ upon us. One purpose of that word is to help us to attain salvation; for that reason we all want to be aware of the word that we show to others. We may not like the idea that we are responsible to share God’s word; we are given a task that we might show our love for God and for others.