Who is the center of your life?

In his homily last weekend Father Bruce Lamb described the reaction of two different athletes upon making a spectacular play: the first thumped his/her chest in visible recognition of personal greatness, the second pointed a finger toward the heavens in acknowledgement of the true source of his/her athletic gifts. The first sees he or she as being the center of the universe with all relationships in orbit around him or her (including God.) The second knows that God is the center; our lives and our gifts come from Him, without Him we are nothing. As Father Bruce put it, “Not something, not anything…without Jesus Christ we are nothing.”

What we must keep reminding ourselves is that in order to enter the Kingdom of God we must have God at the center of our lives. When we place God first, everything else falls into right relationship. As we rid ourselves of our self-centered idolatry and turn to God we will inevitably be driven toward greater love for others in our lives.To place anything before God is a form of idolatry. Whenever we place anything in our lives ahead of God we effectively and directly dismiss Him as less important, less God. If God is not central in our lives we are, by default, not worthy of Him and the rewards of the Kingdom.

Every one of us is created by God in His image. Recognizing that we are God’s creation requires us to place Him at the center of our lives and to recognize His presence within all of His creation. As Jesus tells us “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the greatest and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself” [Mt 22:37-39].

True love for God compels us to see Jesus in each other and to care for the needs of others. No one who asked Jesus for help was ever denied. As Disciples of Christ we are called to be examples of His love by placing God at the center and acknowledging that all that we are, all that we have, all that we will ever be comes from Him; that without Jesus Christ we are nothing.  Who is the center of your life?

About the author: Deacon Chuck

Deacon Chuck was ordained into the permanent diaconate on September 17, 2011, in the ministry of service to the Diocese of Reno and assigned to St. Albert the Great Catholic Community. He currently serves as the parish bulletin editor and website administrator. Deacon Chuck continues to serve the parish of Saint Albert the Great Catholic Community of the Diocese of Reno, Nevada. He is the Director of Adult Faith Formation and Homebound Ministries for the parish, conducts frequent adult faith formation workshops, and is a regular homilist. He currently serves as the bulletin editor for the parish bulletin. He writes a weekly column intended to encompass a broad landscape of thoughts and ideas on matters of theology, faith, morals, teachings of the magisterium and the Catholic Church; they are meant to illuminate, illustrate, and catechize the readers and now number more than 230 articles. His latest endeavor is "Colloqui: A journal for restless minds", a weekly journal of about 8 pages similar in content to bulletin reflections. All his reflections, homilies, commentaries, and Colloqui are posted and can be found on his website: http://deaconscorner.org. Comments are always welcome and appreciated. He is the author of two books: "The Voices of God: hearing God in the silence" which offers the reader insights into how to hear God’s voice through all of the noise that surrounds us; and "Echoes of Love: Effervescent Memories" which through a combination of prose and verse provides the reader with a wonderful journey on the way to discovering forever love. He regularly speaks to groups of all ages and size and would welcome the opportunity to speak to your group.

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