WHAT IS CALLING US?


When the dust settles after Easter, many return to their daily routine and leave Christianity aside. Due to commercialization, many have forgotten what Easter is all about. Whatever the season of Easter means to people, the finale of Easter is reached and then many forget the meaning of the day. So what are we to do after the hype of Easter is over? Do we just go about doing the same things that we have been doing up to Easter? Or does the experience of Easter change us and shape our living, or does it at least refresh our standing commitment to our faith?

I am aware that more and more we discover people who find no satisfaction or joy from making a living. The social sciences teach us this. They do not like what they do and they live for weekends and holidays. Some of them feel trapped and believe they are unable to make a meaningful change because they do not have the skills, education, money or favourable circumstances. So they decide to dig in and keep on with the daily grind. I do not want to say they are wrong, for there are many reasons we each choose our individual paths.

Leaving the safety of what is known and venturing into the unknown can be one of the scariest and yet one of the best decisions a person can make. For instance, relationships, our spiritual journey or chasing a dream or vision. Leaving what feels secure behind and following the beckoning of our hearts does not always end as we expect or hope. We may even fail. But here is the payoff: it can also be amazing and wonderful and immensely satisfying.

I recall reading. "The tragedy of life is not death, but what we let die inside of us while we live." Like unrealized dreams. Like a passion to be or do something that is calling to us from some place deep. The real tragedy of life is settling for less while something dies inside us.

I know it can be frightening. I have followed that call more than once. What is worse? Regret. Looking back and wishing that we had risked the adventure or just letting the desire dry up and finally die.

In the end, we really only have one question when it comes to chasing a significant dream. It is whether we will say yes.

Rev'd Fr. Colin Humes