On Living

May it be a light to you in dark places, when all other lights go out.
— J.R.R. Tolkien

Brothers & Sisters,

Every so often a priest by the name of Father Hunt celebrates morning mass at my church. He’s retired, and doesn’t get around all that well but clearly loves being at mass and celebrating it for all of us. He always seems to have a smile on his face and the morning homilies are wonderful. So why am I telling you this? Here’s a man who has spent his entire life serving others and even in retirement still finds joy in that. That’s the life I want to live.

I’ve been thinking all day about his smile and how it just went right through me down to my heart this morning. Even on this a somber day he was bright and made me feel warm and welcome in the house of our Lord. I think many of us imagine what the sunset of our lives might look like and some of us might not ever get there but for those that do I wonder if you were to look back 30 years are you where you thought you’d be? Are you passing on your wisdom to younger generations that probably could use all the wisdom they could get?

I often find myself contemplating the here and now and the wonder of it all. Then I jump down the rabbit hole and it usually takes someone or something to bring me back to the land of the living as it were. The complexity of our human experience astounds me the more I try and unpack it. And this morning I saw a different side of the human experience when I walked into church and saw one of my favorite priests (even though we’ve never met) ready to celebrate mass with a smile on his face and peace in his eyes.


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