Old Testament: Genesis 47:1-26
Morning Psalms: Psalms 88
New Testament: 1 Corinthians 9:16-27
Gospel: Mark 6:47-56
Evening Psalms: Psalms 91, 92
I would like to think of my faith journey as different from others. I convinced myself that my brother’s accident on March 29, 2001, in which he was hit by a drunk driver and from which he still suffers from brain and physical injuries, was the trigger for my transformation from a person of faith to essentially an atheist. Now, I realize that it wasn’t my brother’s accident that changed my faith; it was my laziness and complacency in college.
In high school, I was involved in all aspects of Catholicism: Eucharistic Minister, retreat leader, daily mass attendance, monthly confessionals, etc. I thought that “involvement” alone would carry me – that I could coast on my spiritual journey.
What I didn’t learn until around 2010, after nearly 10 years of having no real spiritual guidance or direction, was that my faith takes daily effort. It is a constant struggle. It’s easy when church is available on your campus, but it’s much different in the “real world.” When I left high school, I left my community, and without community, I felt isolated, alone, even lonely. What I also realized, though, was that my spiritual foundation from high school had never left me.
Yes, my brother’s accident was terrible, but he is actually a happier person now than he was before the accident. While I was lonely before, I’m a much happier person now because I know what loneliness and isolation feels like. I now have a community and spiritual family, an amazing wife, and wonderful friends. What more could a person ask for? Whether it be a simple smile, a hug, a joke, a shoulder, I now do these things not just as a happy person. I do these things with a true sense of spiritual foundation, and it’s this foundation that has made my life so much more meaningful.
Maybe my faith journey isn’t so different from most people’s…