Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time – August 11, 2019

The kids are on their way back to school. All the sales are happening; the notifications are going out from schools. You feel obligated to plan and prepare so many things. The calendar is already filling up until next June. Much of this also weighs on you grandparents. You are often integral parts of your grandchildren’s lives.

If that isn’t enough, the weather is still nice (or at least was nice when I wrote this). You need to get in as much of summer as you can. Use the cottage while it is still worth it; see all the people you haven’t seen yet; get those projects done before the weather changes and while you still have time. So much to do.

All of this might be good, even important, but it is also important to stop, to say ‘”No.” Children know this very early on. One of the first words a child learns is “no,” much to the chagrin of many parents. ‘”No” is an important word, though, because it means setting boundaries, and we all need boundaries.

We need boundaries first and foremost because we are finite creatures. There are only so many hours in a day, and we must sleep some of them. Not only that, we are creatures of incalculable dignity and worth. We were made in the image and likeness of God, and our time and energy are precious resources, and not everything is worthy of such a precious gift.

Boundaries are important; in fact, I would say they are necessary. Without those boundaries, we become slaves of other people’s desires and interests. Have you ever been roped into something you didn’t want to do and felt terrible the whole time because you were letting other more important things lapse? We have all done it, because setting and keeping boundaries is hard.

Now is a good time to think about what ‘”no’s” you should say. You can’t do everything, and you certainly shouldn’t try. You are worth more than much of what will be asked of you.

~ Father Aaron Ferris

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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