MAKE NOISE! … Thursday, May 16

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Noise, noise, and more noise.

A Rosary Meditation … The Fifth Joyful Mystery, the Finding in the Temple. “Son, why hast thou done so to us? Behold, in sorrow thy father and I have been seeking thee.” Luke 2:48. Sound familiar? A modern version of the same thing might go like this: “Boy, why would you treat us this way? We’ve been scared to death and looking all over the place for you!” Obviously Mary and Joseph were normal parents. Well, they were both far above normal, but you know what I mean. If you’re a parent I’m sure you can identify. Parenting hasn’t changed that much in 2,000 years. But for now, instead of the joys and heartaches of raising children, let’s think about that last part. The part about seeking Jesus in sorrow. There are a lot of people in the world needing Jesus. They suffer from all sorts of things. Depression, mental illness, addictions, various diseases of the body, vices (which are diseases of the soul), and more. So in sorrow they look for relief, and looking in the wrong places brings about, not the much sought after relief, but more grief. On the day Mary and Joseph found Jesus in the Temple its a pretty good bet that the Temple was a busy place. It probably stayed that way. At the heart of the Temple was a room that the Jews called Kodesh Kodashim. The Holy of Holies. It contained the Ark of the Covenant and God’s Glory rested there. Think about all those people going and coming at the Temple. They were a witness to the presence of God just by being there. People were looking, needing God back then too. If anyone, a seeking anyone, paid attention they would’ve known that they could find God there. Today spiritual Israel goes to the Temple also. A Temple not made by hands. God’s presence rests in the Holy of Holies still, in the Tabernacle. If seeking, hurting people pay attention they’ll know where to find Him. But you know, lots of times people hurt so bad it blurs their eyesight. Tears can do that. And they can be looking sincerely but get so caught up in the search that they miss finding what, Who, they’re looking for. Not being able to see the forest for the trees works like that. So what’s to do? Well, when the Jews went to the Temple they took lambs, bulls, goats, birds, along with flour, oil and other things for worship purposes. “Hey! Mister! A bag of flour fell off your mule!” “Lady! Your goat ate through the rope and went over there!” “Jeremiah! Jeremiah, where are you?!” And moo, and baah, and tweet and noise, noise, noise! You couldn’t miss it. To help people not miss it today maybe we need to try making noise too. Blog, vote, witness, donate, support, MAKE NOISE! Attract attention. If we do it right seeking people won’t notice us so much as they will Him. And then maybe they’ll find Who they’re looking for.

Today …

St. Adam

St. Adam

St. Adam

Hermit and abbot, a native of Fermo, Italy, where he began a severe life of recollection in a cave on the slopes of Mount Vissiano. Attracting many followers, Adam was invited to join the Benedictine Order and entered San Sabine Monastery. Within the monastery he maintained his prayer life and rigorous self-discipline. His example led to his election as abbot. All this took place a little over 800 years ago and people still hear about it. Hey, you’re reading about it right now. And his example did more than lead to his being abbot. He made NOISE!

Pope Benedict XVI said … “In a world where there is so much noise, so much bewilderment, there is a need for silent adoration of Jesus concealed in the Host. Be assiduous in the prayer of adoration and teach it to the faithful. It is a source of comfort and light, particularly to those who are suffering.” You see, even in silent prayer we can make a spiritual noise heard by the suffering around the world.