Occasionally a visiting priest celebrate mass at our parish. My favorite is the brown bag priest. “Father Brown Bag” has been retired for over 11 years but he has not lost his touch, he is still one of the most captivating speakers I have ever heard. His shtick is the contents in the brown paper bag and its correlation to your life. Walking up and down the aisle he shakes the brown paper bag quizzing parishioners to guess what is in it. Our flock is always at a loss, 10 or more yell out guesses but there’s never a winner winner chicken dinner. “Father Brown Bag” is pretty sly as the contents of the bag are always related to the gospel reading for the day, by the time the bag content is revealed we have all been reeled in to his homily hook, line and sinker! What was in the bag this week you ask? His wallet. What does this Wallet represent? Acceptance of ourselves or others? Conflicts within ourselves? Feeling of empowerment over others? Self-identity?
As I look back on my walk through life I see the path zigzagging, priorities ever changing. Running from the past, fearful of the future. Trying to please others I drift from my own internal belief of right from wrong eventually finding I am at odds with myself.
The biggest question that lingers as I travel down the path of life; am I following the path God planned for me or have I paved the path I want? Proverbs 3:6 “In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.” Each and every day it is important we stop and reflect on what we want our lives to represent, where are we are led, what is our calling? Matthew 7:4 “For everyone who asks, receives; and the one who seeks, finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened”. With faith and trust in our Lord one can always find their way back on the path God has chosen for us. We must remember it is never too late to plant the roots of a strong faithful life, allowing the roots to run deep bringing forth strength, tenacity and hearts full of kindness, generosity and love.