My Sisters and Brothers,
Here is the narration of a person’s interview with God.
“So you would like to interview me?” God asked.
“If you have the time,” I replied.
“My time is eternity… So what questions do you have in mind for me?”
“What surprises you most about humankind?”
God answered… “That they get bored with childhood. They rush to grow up and then they long to be children again!” “That they lose their health to make money, and lose their money to restore their health!” “That by thinking anxiously about the future they forget the present; such that they live in neither the present nor the future; that they live as if they will never die… and die as if they had never lived!”
God’s hand took mine and we were silent for a while. I asked: “As a parent what are some life lessons you want your children to learn?”
God replied with a smile… “To learn that it is not good to compare themselves to others…To learn that they cannot make anyone love them; what they can do is let themselves be loved... To learn that a rich person is not one who has the most, but is one who needs the least… To learn that it takes a few seconds to open profound wounds in persons we love, and it takes many years to heal them… To learn to forgive my practicing forgiveness… To learn that there are people who love them dearly but simply do not know how to express or show their feelings... To learn that two people can look at the same thing and see it differently... To learn that it is not always enough that they be forgiven by others, but that they must forgive themselves.”
“Thank you for your time,” I said humbly. “Is there anything else that you want your children to know?”
“To learn that I am here for you… .always!”
May this dream interview be the reality for each of us always. Have a blessed week ahead.
-------Father Joe SDB