From The Hand of Fr. Aaron Ferris For March 31, 2019

Recently I had a cancellation of an evening appointment. I do a fair number of things in the evening because of people’s work schedules, which means my work schedule is generally different from most people’s. This is not a complaint, it is just one of the different characteristics of my life.

Because of the cancellation, I was able to go to bed early and catch up on some sleep. It felt so great! There is nothing too surprising about this; there are a number of studies that point to sleep deprivation as a common problem in America. Those of you with children waking up a couple times a night know what this is like.

Beyond sleep, there are often other parts of our lives that are out of order: prayer, exercise, chores around the house. Like sleep, we might be getting it done, but it isn’t quite right. We are only half-doing what we should be doing.

There might be good reasons for this: young children can put a damper on many of the things you want/need to do. For the past month or so there seems to be a lot of people getting the flu, colds, and other viruses. There are seasons when work picks up and demands more time and energy. There might be good reasons why our life gets out of order.

In the short term this is simply one of the trials of life. It is hard; you buckle down and get through it. However, if the long-term pattern of our lives is one of disorder, then we need to stop and consider what needs to change. What priorities need to change?

This is one of the things that the Season of Lent is good for. We take on various disciplines, both in our fasting and added devotions, as a way to reorder our lives. There are often patterns in our lives that are not helpful (destructive?), even if they are only small patterns. It might be something as simple as staying up too late to watch your favorite show, which makes the next day terrible for you and those around you. Does such relaxing with your show actually help you?

We fast from things in order to make room for better things. As we continue our Lenten journey, it is worth considering what else might need to be reordered. The spiritual life, our relationship with God, includes even the very practical things like taking care of the body He gave us and attending to the relationships that He has put into our lives.

Rev. Aaron Ferris
Rev. Aaron Ferris
Rev. Aaron R. Ferris Ordination Date: June 6, 2009 Pastor, St. Anthony Parish (Saranac) and St. Mary’s Parish (Lowell) 402 Amity Street Lowell, MI 49331 Phone: 616-897-9820
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