Many times we question our life and our existence. Like a big old oak tree that stands alone in the middle of a crossroad, we ask ourselves, “What am I here for?” Am I like the tree that gives shade to those who need one? Or am I here to be someone’s confidant and comfort place when there’s no person for them? Or perhaps I am here, like the tree, just so there is something to replace the emptiness of that crossroad. And maybe some would even consider it old, unsightly, without a purpose. More often than not, we keep searching for answers that are already right under our noses. Even worse, we unconsciously ignore these answers because we only want to search for what we want and not what is planned out for us by our Almighty Father. This leads us to an unending quest, doing very little action and finding less meaning in our lives. But the Lord knows us. He knows our desires and whatever it is that we are looking for. But He also knows our strengths and weaknesses, our capabilities, and our limitations more than we do. Thus He plans for us in a manner that we may not understand yet. This is then the time that we examine and question ourselves, “What really is my purpose?” In Proverbs 16:9, it is stated that “The heart of man plans his way, but the Lord establishes its step.” It is therefore very helpful and important that we trust and open our hearts and minds to His ways.
When people make us feel worthless, and we are desperate for answers, just hold on. He will lead us to the path where we will find what we are looking for, and at the right time. Truth be known, we not only have one single purpose. Different people see us in a different light. Some may perceive us to be their shelter and shade, their confidant, an instrument. Others would see us as old and useless. However, despite the cynics, we know that there are still others that find us otherwise. More importantly, we must believe that He has made us live for something that is far greater than what we thought we are.
Tonight, let us all reflect and open ourselves to receive God’s light as we continue to search for our purpose. As in Acts 26:16, “But rise and stand upon your feet, for I have appeared to you for this purpose, to appoint you as a servant and witness to the things in which you have seen me and to those in which I will appear to you”
The presider for tonight’s mass is Fr. Charlie Cenzon of the Society of Jesus.