Getting Older

Ok, before you say anything, I know I didn’t post yesterday but I was just exhausted, I pretty much spend 10 hours a day staring at a computer screen, and frankly, when I get home I don’t always feel like looking at another one, In addition, I had to do some work of the parish website which took more time than I anticipated,

“Ask, and it will be given you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For every one who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened

The Holy Bible, Revised Standard Version; Second Catholic Edition. (San Francisco: Ignatius Press, 2006), Mt 7:7–8.

There’s a job I wish I hadn’t raised my hand for. I love to do it but I can’t update the site if no one contributes to it. I refuse to make the website a copy of the bulletin, which I see so often. I look at it as a place where various groups can post updates on what is going on in their ministries. Where events can be publicized ahead of time. Where tickets to these events can be sold ahead of the event. But unless someone gives me the information, I don’t know what needs posting.

Alright, enough whining. I’m starting to think I am turning into a crotchety old man like the guy who used to walk through my old neighborhood when I was a kid and whack us with his cane. I don’t remember if we ever said anything to make him do that, I’m sure we probably did, and now I’m him. Well not really. I think it’s because I don’t feel like an old man, well not mentally anyway. Physically I feel much older.

As I age I can better understand others who have gotten older before me. Like this man with the cane. He was probably all alone in the world. His friends were probably all passed on. His family either passed or moved hither and yon. (Now there is a phrase I don’t get to use every day) He may have just been waiting to die, all alone in the world.

But here is something I have learned in the last few years. You are never alone as long as you keep God in your life. He is always with you. Sometimes you might not think so, but he is always there. And like it says in today’s gospel, if you need something, “Knock and the door will be opened.” I won’t resurrect the famous “Door Story”, at least not today, but God gave me the message. I knocked and the door was open. Although if you really want to hear the “Door Story”…

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