12th Sunday in Ordinary Time
No. 18/17 - 25th June 2017
Off-loading the Baggage
As one who is in the process of preparation to move house I am only too aware of the ‘Baggage’. Yes, ‘baggage’ is something we all accumulate over the years and when one discovers items still in the boxes for the past 9 years or filing cabinet for 30 its time to discard or recycle. Like many its easy falling into the trap of ‘sure I might need or use it someday!’ That ‘someday’ never comes!
At a time of year when many people travel on holidays ‘baggage’ again becomes a problem! Not so bad perhaps if you are going by car and can throw it all in the boot with no weight restrictions. The question when you booked your flight was ‘will I use a 10kg carry on or book a 15 or 20kg check in bag which can cost as much as €80 extra?’ Sure you would buy a lot of t-shirts and extras for that! We can find ourselves lugging our baggage through airports, racing to the next gate for a connecting flight. It’s a great relief when we are able to stow it away or check it in! Phew!
That same relief comes when we let go of our emotional baggage. For some their baggage carts are overloaded with all the stuff they can’t shake loose – a hurtful comment or action, a relapse from sobriety. It can weigh someone down and prevent them from joyful living. Carrying your luggae can be emotionally exhausting. Check it in with Jesus. He is the Master Baggage Handler! At every Mass we can turn to Jesus by placing our hurts in his hands. We can ask him to say the words we need to hear, and then listen as he heals us with those words. Words like forgive, trust, accept, love, compassion. Or phrases like let it go, slow down, be kind to yourself, try again, persevere. Give Jesus all the Bags. There is no reason to keep lugging them around.
Whatever stage you may be on your life’s journey have a review of the ‘baggage’ or ‘clutter’ that at times swamps you and weighs you down. Yes, it can be hard to part with things but then our posessions own us rather than we owning them. Materials things can be recycled but the emotional needs a little TLC.
When packing the bag for a weekend away or a long haul flight travel light and as we journey in life the lighter we travel the sweeter the journey!
A Mass of Thanksgiving for the 9 Year Ministry of Fr. Alex among us will be celebrated on Monday 31st July at 6p.m. in the Parish Church. This will be followed by a reception in Killiney Castle Hotel. All are invited to attend both the Mass and Reception. An opportunity will be given in the coming weeks to determine the numbers for the hotel which will be necessary in advance. Children are most welcome to the Mass and reception. There is no charge for those who wish to attend the reception and some might offer lifts to those who do not have transport.
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