All too frequently, I get wrapped up in the daily whirlwind of all the things that I think are important. And all too infrequently, I fail to keep in mind the real priorities of life, and what my true mission is.
Thank God for Pope Benedict, who never fails to make things perfectly clear. In the introduction to his new document on Sacred Scripture, Verbum Domini, there is a section entitled “That our joy may be complete”, the Holy Father says this:
I encourage all the faithful to renew their personal and communal encounter with Christ, the word of life made visible, and to become his heralds, so that the gift of divine life – communion – can spread ever more fully throughout the world. Indeed, sharing in the life of God, a Trinity of love, is complete joy (cf. 1 Jn 1:4). And it is the Church’s gift and unescapable duty to communicate that joy, born of an encounter with the person of Christ, the Word of God in our midst. In a world which often feels that God is superfluous or extraneous, we confess with Peter that he alone has “the words of eternal life” (Jn 6:68). There is no greater priority than this: to enable the people of our time once more to encounter God, the God who speaks to us and shares his love so that we might have life in abundance (cf. Jn 10:10). (emphasis added)
In these few simple words, the Holy Father has defined the essence of discipleship, and the path to real happiness.
Thank you, Pope Benedict, for once again making our mission clear. Now it’s up to me.