I’ve been putting off writing this first blog… making excuses like, “I’m too busy right now” or “Can’t get inspired.” This website has been in parking mode since August of last year! So I really pray for the grace to stay motivated and do everything according to God’s Holy Will. If He wants me to wait, may I be especially patient and discerning. If He wants me to move, may I have the courage to pick up my cross and follow Him.
Father Maurice Harrigan at Mary Star of the Sea explained in a homily that a disciple is one who is taught, and an apostle is one who is sent. There comes a time when God is going to send us out, to be the active Body of Christ, His Church. And it’s beautiful… because we become the people that God has called us to be. Don’t we all want to fulfill our potential in the eyes of our Creator? Like children eager to show their parents a newfound ability to walk or ride a bicycle or swim in the deep end of the pool? Do we not think that God our Father looks upon all of us with a similar delight?
This first blog is about fear and procrastination, but more importantly, it’s about the antidote: love. As St. John, the Beloved Disciple, writes, “There is no fear in love, but perfect love drives out fear because fear has to do with punishment, and so one who fears is not yet perfect in love” (1 John 4:18). I think our problem is that we see God as a kind of police officer who wants to catch us in the act of doing something wrong. Maybe we’ve been punished severely by our human parents. Maybe we’ve been judged as worthless or rotten in our families. But God’s family is different. God’s love is perfect. And because He loved us first, we are called to be perfect as our heavenly Father is perfect (Matthew 5:48).