How does apathy and complacency show up in our lives? We lose focus of what is important. We take our eyes off of Christ. We fail to cooperate with the generous gift of God's grace. We are sucked into the ways of the world.
The question is simple. Are we led by the Spirit of God, or are we led by our own desires centered on worldly pursuits? Are we building up the Kingdom of God, or are we building our own little kingdom?
According to the Rotary website, today marks the 113th anniversary of its founding. It is a good reminder for each of us to strive to make our local communities better by getting involved in some way.
"Grassroots at the core, Rotary links 1.2 million members to form an organization of international scope. It started with the vision of one man — Paul Harris. The Chicago attorney formed the Rotary Club of Chicago on 23 February 1905, so professionals with diverse backgrounds could exchange ideas, form meaningful, lifelong friendships, and give back to their communities."
Why do I bring up the Rotary? The anniversary of the organization showed up on one of my newsfeeds so I thought I would mention it. However, I think it also presents a wider opportunity to discuss "giving back to our communities." The Church always challenges us to positively impact our communities. Are we responding to the invitation? As a person of faith our response should be rooted in prayer. Does our way of life reflect that reality? For better or worse, are secular organizations influencing our world more dramatically than is the Church? Holiness in our world begins with each of us.
Has your prayer life improved since the beginning of Lent?
During this Lenten journey, how are you making your community better?
How will you give of your time, talent, or treasure for the good of others?
In what practical ways are you living out the spiritual and corporal works of mercy? Can you be inspired by reviewing the Beatitudes?
Did you abstain from eating meat today? (Abstinence from meat on Fridays in Lent!)
Please do not let these days of Lent pass you by without bearing abundant fruit in your life. Be a saint! Review your baptismal promises. Renew your commitment to living out those promises faithfully. The Kingdom of God is at hand. Do not delay.