A WORD FROM THE PASTOR
Are You Moving in the Right Direction?
A man was traveling down the country one day. His journey brought him along some by roads, where the sign posts were few and far between. After a while, he was unsure if he was on the right road. When he came across a farmer who was driving his cows home for milking, he asked him if he was on the right road to the city Kennedy. The farmer told him that he certainly was on the right road. The man expressed his thanks, and was about to move forward. The farmer added, in a very causal way, "You're on the right road, but you're going in the wrong direction!"
Jesus’ baptism in the Jordan River by John the Baptist was the moment of identification, conviction, decision and equipment for his public ministry; ever since he moved in the right direction towards accomplishing his mission. All those who are baptized and living a catholic life may be on a road, but may be unsure of where it leads to and whether they are in right direction towards eternal destiny! So it is important to know whether you are moving in the right direction for your eternal destiny.
To move in right direction to eternal destiny, there are two sources of inspiration. Victor Frankl, a survivor in the 2nd world war, offers to two sources of inspiration to keep moving in the right direction. Victor Frankl was in the death camps with millions of Jews and others by the Nazis.
In spite of the horrors and the odds, he survived; each day of his ordeal, dozens, hundreds, thousands of fellow-Jews and others died. Most of them died in the ovens, of course, but there were others who died simply because they gave up hope and lost heart, overwhelmed by horror, fear, and hopelessness.
Frankl survived, he said, because two forces sustained him: one was the certainty of his wife's love, and the other was an inner drive to rewrite the manuscript of a book he had completed after years of labor, which the Nazis had destroyed. Frankl's imprisonment was lightened by having daily imaginary conversations with his wife and by scrawling notes for his book on all the bits and scraps of paper he could find. Frank wrote eloquently of these two insights to cope with life: first, the discovery and certainty of being loved, and, second, having a clear and controlling purpose in life. In fact, these are the two sources of inspiration we receive in Christian Baptism. When you live out these two sources of inspiration you are in the right direction for your eternal destiny.
What I am saying is this: many of our parishioners are on the right road – being in the church on Sundays; but they need to check whether they are heading in the right direction or not! When the parents put their children in the catechism classes indicate that they are on the right road; but not practicing their faith by attending church on Sundays and other religious matters are evident that they are not going in the right direction.