October 17, 2019

Are You Anxious About Many Things?

Are you anxious about many things? Do you feel overwhelmed, overworked, and under-appreciated? Do Jesus’s words to Martha give you comfort or do they make you want to scream? If you are a Type-A personality, being told to slow down and take a “chill pill” may not be received too well. On the other hand, if you are a more laid back personality, being told to get to get off your duff and get to work won’t be music to your ears either.

Sometimes the words that God speaks to us are not always palatable. They make us bristle. We become resistant and perhaps even angry. Yet, when we stop and reflect upon what God is saying to us, it makes sense.

Abraham encounters the Triune God under the terebinth tree at Mamre. God speaks to him of something that seemed impossible: his aged wife would bear a son. Yet upon reflection, Abraham recognized that God’s word is real. St. Paul echoes this sentiment by reminding the Colossians that God’s word will be brought to completion. We, as ministers of the Gospel, are called to be good stewards who make God manifest through our words and actions. In other words, God’s word is made real when we participate in the ministry of Christ.

But in order to participate in Christ, we need to sit at the feet of the Master and learn the Word. We cannot do this unless we make a conscious decision to set aside worldly cares and concerns. For those of us who are continually active, this will be difficult. But we need to occasionally take a retreat from life and learn to sit quietly and reflect on God and His Word.

My suggestion for we who are A-type personalities is to schedule “down time” or “meditation time” every day, even if it is only for 10 minutes. Even more important is to schedule an extended period of relaxation several times a year. Although it will be excruciating to “do nothing” and we will be tempted to take work with us, it is imperative that we have this retreat with the Lord not only for our spiritual well-being but for our physical and mental health as well.

May we learn to be more “Mary-like” in our pursuit of building up our relationship with God.

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Msgr John Kasza

REVEREND MONSIGNOR JOHN KASZA was ordained a priest for the Archdiocese of Detroit in 1993. He holds a B.A. in History from Wayne State University, Detroit and an Master of Divinity from Sacred Heart Major Seminary. He earned his doctorate in Sacramental Theology from the Pontifical Athenaeum Sant’Anselmo in Rome in 1999. Msgr. Kasza has served as an assistant professor of sacramental theology, liturgy and homiletics at Sacred Heart Major Seminary and has also taught at the Liturgical Institute at St. Mary of the Lake University in Mundelein, Illinois. He most recently served as Secretary to both Adam Cardinal Maida and Archbishop Allen Vigneron and was Vice Chancellor of the Archdiocese of Detroit. In July of 2009, Msgr. Kasza became the Academic Dean at SS. Cyril and Methodius Seminary in Orchard Lake, Michigan. Monsignor is currently pastor of St. James the Greater parish in Novi, Michigan and has authored several articles. His book, Understanding Sacramental Healing: Anointing and Viaticum, is available through Amazon.

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