On this Wednesday before Easter, I sat rather peacefully with nothing much spinning in my head. It was kind of nice. This close to Easter and I’m not really stressed. Then out of nowhere or from deep within the notion of holy moments gradually appeared. (I can’t explain how or why I have thoughts when I don’t have thoughts and yes, I probably need to chat with a Spiritual Director.) What is a holy moment? I googled the question and within a second I had 290 million possible sites to research. I just picked one to get me started. It is by author Matthew Kelly who describes a “Holy Moment as any time you are united with God; a moment of prayer, awareness of a beautiful sunset, a random act of love or kindness which increases God’s Love and Joy in your life.” I know there is a depth of definitions out there and more significantly you probably have had experience personally defining the question. What I realized is holy moments are not merely wishful thinking. Neither is Christ a fabrication of a juvenile or needy subconscious. Holy moments are not things of the past. Holy moments are as common today as they have always been. Is not God constantly interrupting us? Is not God nudging us to take notice? What disturbs me is the cacophony of voices competing for my attention, luring me to listen and then join a procession leading me away from others or leading me inwards where meaning and what matters (where Christ-like living ) is skewed by self-interest or under-belief. Christ is not muted by the principalities and powers of the world. I just don’t pay enough attention. Culture routinely places ultimate value on things that don’t matter. Holy moments invite me to embody the things that do matter.
Scripture Reading: 1 Peter 1:13-16
“Therefore prepare your minds for action; discipline yourselves; set all your hope on the grace that Jesus Christ will bring you when he is revealed. Like obedient children, do not be conformed to the desires that you formerly had in ignorance. Instead, as he who called you is holy, be holy yourselves in all your conduct; for it is written, “You shall be holy, for I am holy.”
How is God interrupting you or when did you have a holy moment?
How do you define holy?
How are you embodying the things that do matter?
Prayer: Great God, when I am inattentive to your presence or indifferent to your invitation startle me enough to remember the things that matter and let me embody holiness. Amen.
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