Acts 3:1-10 / Lk 24:13-35
There’s something thrilling about attending a wedding, a baptism, or a graduation. All of life’s possibilities seem stretched out before us, and most of their costs are still hidden from view. It’s so much like the beginning of a summer day: soft breezes, sweet smells, lush lawns and flowers. And then before you know it, it’s fall and time to prepare for the siege of winter.
If we’re working hard to be faithful to God and to one another, to do our best and to share our gifts, we get tired. And sometimes after a while, things that used to be easy and even a joy become a burden instead. Somewhere along the line, we lose the joy and we find ourselves echoing those two apostles in today’s gospel, “We used to hope,” but not anymore.
How does that happen? Is it simply a matter of working too hard and getting tired? Not really. The real problem is losing our vision, our sense of purpose, which can come only from a trust-connection with the Lord.
If you find yourself burning out and finding life burdensome, spend some time renewing your vision and remembering where you’re going. And the only place to do that is in his presence. He’ll help you remember, and he’ll give you back your joy.