I remember, several years ago, one late-summer day I went to the State Fair. I had arrived early in the morning so by mid-afternoon I was running low on energy. I realized that rush-hour traffic would be mounting soon so I decided to head for home.
On my way to the car, as I was passing through the parking lot, a man ran up to me and said, “Hey buddy, can you do me a favor? I need somebody to drive a car with a cow on top of it through the State Fair parade.”
Foolish me. I was too focused on beating the rush-hour traffic home – and I declined. I drove home, berating myself the whole way. Faces and names of so many people passed through my mind – people I know who would have jumped at the opportunity to drive a car with a cow on top of it through the State Fair parade. It was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that I had let slip by.
We look forward to the fall season of ministry here at Nativity of Mary. God presents us with a new moment. Glorious opportunities lie before us. God has placed seeds of greatness within us. He calls us to be big-hearted and big-spirited – not to allow lesser, frivolous and ridiculously small, considerations and bothers determine what our paths will be, but to “set your mind on things above” (Col. 3:2).
Strive to see your life and our parish in God’s grand scheme of things. When the golden, graced moments of opportunity come along, more and more we can seize on them with buoyant hope.