Sunday, March 22.
In our sermon for today, I reminded us of the emptiness that abounds in our lives. At this time, only openness to God can fill it. Looking somewhere else is just a futile cause.
It’s our natural tendency to fill things when they’re empty. If we buy a new house, we might fill it with furniture to make it feel more like home. At a restaurant, waiters return to the table to ensure our glasses are full. If we feel empty, we might try to fill the void with food, clothes, devices, vacations, degrees, job titles—the list goes on and on.
Jesus seeks out and blesses the poor in spirit, the lowly and powerless. But only those who are empty can fully receive all He has to give. If we come to Jesus that way, He promises to fill, nourish, and shepherd us.
Do some areas of life, health, schedule, relationships, feel emptier than others? Try thinking in terms “rich or poor.” Are you richer or poorer in relationships? Do you have a deficit of time or plenty to spare? What does it mean to surrender each of these areas to God and invite Him in?
In the Beatitudes, Jesus teaches pursuit of a different kind of emptiness—a renouncing of the things we depend on in this world. In your life, what would be in this category? Do certain talents or abilities seem to define you? Make a list of everything that comes to mind and offer each one to Jesus.
Memory verse: Jeremiah 33:3
“Happiness is the state of inward fulfillment, not the gratification of inexhaustible desires for outward things.” Mattieu Ricard