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The Perils Of An Unexamined Life


Reflection on Mass Reading for November 19, 2020

“If this day you only knew what makes for peace–but now it is hidden from your eyes.” Perhaps there are some among us who have come across people in our lives who, as we might say, “just don’t get it.” We should point out quickly, before time and comfort get the better of us, that we are most certainly in that very same category at least a few times in our lives. Why is the most profound answers and solutions to life’s most perplexing problems right in front of us, and we don’t seem to notice? The answer to that may be found in the question that creeps upon us in the daily doses of Scripture of which we also have today: “If today you hear his voice, harden not your hearts.”

This apparent spiritual blindness was not just a simple, arbitrary aspect of human nature. It made Jesus cry. “How sad!” we might think, but let us be careful. Am I making Jesus cry right now as well? We would hope not because that would be an even sadder chapter of the fabric of our lives today. How could this be in a time when we want to be open and disposed to all that the Lord wants to give us and bestow upon us daily? The only explanation is the daily distraction of life that keeps us from thinking and praying about the things that really matter. 

As we move closer to the end of the Liturgical Year, Thanksgiving, Advent, Christmas, and dare we say it, yes, even the New Year of 2021, we can and must begin a review of our lives right here, right now. 

“An unexamined life is not worth living, and an unexamined faith is not worth holding.” Ergun Caner

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