July 19, 2021

The oldest person at the bureau of “Sign Placement” once extolled the virtues of signage placement lyrically, but now sits as the cynic supreme for “who needs signs when everyone has their own devices of getting where they need to go?” What use was he anymore?

So, ever travel down a road looking for a sign that should be posted telling you where the road to the freeway may be, and it’s just not there? We need signs to help us on our way.

Similarly, practicing a meditation regime that becomes more than a schedule, a novice will look to a retreat master or spiritual counselor for guidance or read “how-to” books to learn steps to begin having a deeper relation with God and self.

Now, the Pharisees have struggled with this Jesus for his signs and wonders did not align with their beliefs that God was “elsewhere” and could not be this man. Political and religious beliefs compromised their understanding of this new testament of establishing a relationship with God. So, they keep asking for proof and then deny the possibilities. We, too, look and ask for signs to cure afflictions, to ease our burdens; however, afflictions continue. Why?

When tied up with self, there’s little chance of being released from the strictures of a needy ego. Father Eymard succinctly tells us to give “the gift of self,” to empty ourselves, and the sign we seek will then be posted.

In our existential moments when our awareness of our life and temporary existence sends us scurrying to rid ourselves of the inevitable, we run away toward everything that only adds to the temporal reality. However, in our faith and hope in God, we find our way to reach where we already are. God is with us who always posts his signs for us to follow.

Let Us Pray:

Dear Lord, lead us and give us your Spirit to follow you and share this road with others. Then we will arrive where we began, knowing that this journey will lead us to God. Amen.


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About Joe McCormack

Joe McCormack is an Associate of the Blessed Sacrament and a parishioner at St Paschal Baylon Church in Cleveland, Ohio.