So very often I hear people describe their lives as being finally "living the dream." By that, I believe they mean that they have been blessed in many ways and could not ask for anything more. Some may consider the "dream" to be living financially secure with an overload of material possessions. Others may see a good and grounded family life as the "dream" they always wanted and now have. Others have dreamt of serving those less fortunate or of serving the Church in some way with the time, talent and treasure of their lives.
I wonder if Peter, James and John thought they were finally "living the dream" when Jesus was transfigured before them? This was both a revelation for them and an invitation into intimate relationship with God. Jesus chose to show them who he really was. He, for some reason, perhaps because of the leadership roles they would take on after Pentecost, did not bring the other nine Apostles up the mountain. Not long after two of these men denied and deserted Christ at his hour of suffering. Their dream resurfaced though, after they knew he was alive and that all the suffering and pain was necessary and redemptive. The Spirit was sent to them and to the others on the first Pentecost to help them reclaim the dream and courageously bring it to our world. That's one reason you and I know about and believe in the love of God poured out in Jesus Christ today. Just think how the world would had been different right now if they had abandoned the dream.
I am here with wonderful young adults at Catholics on Call in Chicago. They are discerning the parts they will play in the Church of today and tomorrow. They have not "arrived" yet and are trying to sort out what "living the dream" means for them. Thanks for praying for them these days.
Note too, that Catholics on Call is coming to NY October 10-12, 2014. Please encourage Catholic young adults who may be looking for something like this to find out more at www.catholicsoncallinalbany.org. (Ages 18-30)
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