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Christ, My Co-Pilot

Storm on the Sea of Galilee, Rembrandt
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A picture, a drawing, is worth 1,000 words.  One sketch had that effect on me.  The illustration showed a lone sailor struggling at the helm of a small sailing vessel in the midst of a storm.  Directly behind him stood the Person of Christ with His Hands on the wheel too!  With both working together, they kept the boat on a steady course.

The lesson stood out clearly.  With Christ we can weather any storm life might bring.  Some of the most significant words in the Bible: “I am the Vine, you are the branches.  Without Me, you can do nothing.”  How are we to be fruitful branches?  In 1 John, it says, “Keep the Commandments so that you may live in Me and I in you.”

Only through daily prayer can we keep the Commandments.  If I were to speak to newly ordained priests today, I would say, “Wear out your knees before your feet.”  In other words, develop a deep prayer life, otherwise you can easily become a dead branch on the Vine.  We can say this to all of us, in whatever vocation God has called us to.

Think again of the image we began with.  In union with Christ each day by prayer, Christ will be standing with us, sustaining us in all the difficulties of life.  A warning, a shot across the bow of our little ship, there are three ways of life that can easily pull us away from Christ unless we are alert to them: To be too good looking; To be too smart; To be too rich.

A person with good looks might say, “My personality will bring me success, I don’t need Christ.”  The very smart one: “My intellect will solve any problem without the help of Jesus of Nazareth.”  The rich person: “With my abundance of money, I’m a self-made success.”

Thank God if we have the above gifts, but use them wisely and through prayer, seek God’s guidance in their use.  Beware of the pitfalls connected with them if you try to go it alone.  I have always given thanks to God for just being an ordinary run-of-the-mill human being.  No looks, no scholastics awards, (golf trophies, yes), and no possessions.  Life has always been a struggle.  Because of that, I have had to fall back on Christ to survive.  I suggest you don’t do your journey of life alone.

Fr. George Mc Kenna

July 29, 2017 - Posted by | Bulletins | , , , , ,


  1. Hi FR George! What a great post this week! We can always learn something from your writing. I’m praying for you often and praying to know my vocation. Since my brain injury I’ve been unable to work and now my position has been eliminated. I hope that when I’m fully recovered, I will find something that best fits my talents and interest. Many times I’ve prayed for strength during these months of recuperation for patience in tribulation just as Jesus had during his long walk to Calvary. I’m not sure why God put me on this path, but I know that He is with me. Bless you, dear friend! I love you!!

    Comment by Nancy Westvang | July 29, 2017 | Reply

  2. You’re exactly right. We don’t go through life alone! Great work.

    I talk about how God is the driver in my life in my most recent post from my recently launched blog site. Check it out if you’d like.


    Comment by Brandon H. | July 29, 2017 | Reply

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