My sisters and brothers,
As a parish family we congratulate all our boys and girls who receive the Sacrament of Confirmation today. In traditional faith language, they are now adults in the faith. The Holy Spirit descends on them with His sevenfold gifts of grace. May the fervor of this day be the inner energy that keeps the flame of faith burning strong and bright always in their hearts.
We live in a very fast paced world today. Here is a story to help us slow down and take stock of the reality around us and, more importantly, help each of us take a good look at ourselves.
A successful young executive was driving his brand new Jaguar down a neighborhood street, when he noticed a kid darting out from between parked cars. He slowed down a little, when a brick smashed into his car’s door. He slammed on the brakes and in fury reversed to the place from where the brick was thrown.
He jumped out of his car and caught the kid, shouting, “What was that all about? What the heck did you do to my car? Why did you do it?” The young boy was very scared, but was very polite and apologetic. “I am sorry Mister. I didn’t know what else to do,” he pleaded. “I had to throw the brick because no one else would stop at my calls for help.” With tears rolling down his cheeks, he pointed towards the parked cars and said, “It’s my brother, he rolled off the curb and fell off his wheelchair, and he is badly hurt. I can’t lift him up.”
The sobbing boy asked the man, “Would you please help me get him back into his wheelchair? He is hurt and he is too heavy for me.” The young man was moved beyond words and tried to swallow the rapidly swelling lump in his throat. He hurriedly lifted the other kid from the ground and put him back in the wheelchair. He also helped the little kid with his bruises and cuts.
When he thought that everything would be ok, he went back to his car. “Thank you, sir, and God bless you,” said the grateful kid. The young man was too shaken for any words and simply watched the little boy push his wheelchair-bound brother down the sidewalk. It was a long and slow ride back home for the young man. When he came out of the car, he looked at his dented car door. The damage was very noticeable, but he did not bother to repair it. He kept the dent to remind him of the message: “Do not go through life so fast that someone has to throw a brick at you to get your attention!”
Life whispers in our souls and speaks to our hearts. Sometimes when we do not listen to it, life throws a brick at us. It is our choice, listen to the whisper or wait for the brick to be hurled at us.
-----Fr. Joe SDB