“If only I could see the Lord glowing with light and glory, how much easier the whole work of serving and following Christ would be!” As it stands, we never see the Lord in any visible way.
Jesus showed Himself in glory to the three Apostles on top of Mt. Tabor, a mountain about a thousand feet high, in Galilee, a short distance from Nazareth.
I have been to the top of Mt. Tabor a number of times over the years. A dangerous one way road twists and turns to the summit. Only licensed, professional drivers may drive pilgrims up this steep mountain slop to the top on which stands a modern Church and Franciscan monastery.
Look at the twisting, corkscrew road in the picture on this page. We see a good example of how life works out for us. Betrayal by friends, disappointments, personal human weaknesses, lack of love from those who should love us, physical sickness, the death of love ones; all these make up the twists and turns of life.
How easy to think that we are just zig-zagging in life, making no headway in our search for Christ.
We must not, we dare not, give up as we move through these twists and turns in life. The words on our lips, as we push forwards, oftentimes with sad and heavy hearts, are: “Jesus of Nazareth!”
The vision of Christ will be ours if we persevere in the climb upwards!
A Happy Thanksgiving this week to all my faithful follwers
Fr. George Mc Kenna
On Saturday, November 18, 2006, around noon time, I put a $50 bill into a Salvation Army kettle in front of a Supermarket. From my experience as a parish priest, I always found that the Salvation Army gave swift help to the poor and the needy, no red tape or filling out papers. Later that same day, the mail brought me a letter with a $50 bill in it, a gift from friends. Quite a coincidence, I thought.
The next day, Sunday, November 19, 2006, as I prepared to offer the 9:00 am Mass at the Midway Airport Chapel in the Concourse C Mezzanine, I put a $50 bill into the collection for Human Development. This special, yearly collection helps need groups break out of the cycle of poverty.
After this 9:00 am Mass, a number of people bought my Volume 3 Book of Homilies, “I’ll Only Speak for Three Minutes”. One man, Mr. Shu, took 8 books and had me autograph them. In payment, lo and behold, he gave me a $50 bill and waved his hand as we tried to give him change. In all my years of selling the books, no one had ever given me a $50 bill in payment.
I am not saying that we should expect a return on some good we do others. No! But, sometimes, the Lord shows us He is not outdone in generosity, as in the case above. John Denver, the late and much beloved balled singer, said that if he had the last loaf of bread in the world, he would share it with others. Share some of our resources with needy brothers and sisters.
An enlightened writer once offered an idea that if a family was down to its last dollar, the give of a part of it to some in even greater need would bring certain help to that struggling family. What a thrilling experiment this would be!
In the famous story of Charles Dickens, “A Christmas Carol”, Old Scrooge, a miser at the beginning of the tale, changed his way of thinking after three out of the world visits by ghosts. What a joy-filled life became his as he saw the results of his cheerful giving to Tiny Tim and his family. Hopefully, we don’t need such apparitions to make us generous, gracious followers of the Poor Christ.
Fr. George Mc Kenna