One of the great temptations I face in the spiritual life is to be centered wholly on myself, my feelings and my sense of peace right now.
But it’s not only about me, is it? I’m part of the Body of Christ, which extends not only space but through time. This verse from the psalmist startles me for that reason. My spiritual responsibility is not only to open myself to the Lord’s presence for my own sake—gulp!—but for the sake of “a people yet to be born.”
It’s an appropriate verse for the feast of the great educator, St. John Bosco, but even if we’re not in the ministry of education, it’s a good reminder. Not to be anxious about it, but to simply remember: The gift I’ve been given is to be shared.
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