As much as we don't want to admit it, perhaps, summer is winding down and we turn to September with the thought of going back-to-school. The stores emphasize this back-to-school season with aisles upon aisles of school supplies and sales on everything from pencils and paper to computers. Even the weather seems to point to fall, touching the trees with some early red leaves. All this is a good reminder that learning something new is for everyone. After all, we were created with a thirst for truth. Sometimes as we age, we lose the spark of excitement that comes with learning, but the opposite should be true. As we age, we realize that we don't have all the answers and we are often reminded about how much we still don't know.
As our children prepare to return to school, to learn to become successful in life, do we realize that seeking knowledge and indulging in learning is not enough to give us a zest for living? “The future of humanity is in the hands of those who are capable of providing the generations to come with reasons for life and optimism.” (Gaudium et Spes, Second Vatican Council) No one can live without the hope that life has ultimate and lasting meaning, and that hope is in Jesus Christ, whom God the Father, has sent into the world for the salvation of all peoples.
The world however, can be a disturbing place at times. There is war and terrorism. There is fierceness of competition and the injustices that come from greed, continuous distractions that come from the media, and unrelenting demands of work and family life. Yet in the midst of it all, people are generously loving within their families, with their friends and communities. All seem to have a thirst for meaning and hope.
In the midst of our world, the Catholic Church offers a message that comes from God's self-revelation in Jesus Christ. It is two thousand years old, yet ever new and renewing as it is received, celebrated, lived and contemplated today. The Church offers to all people the possibility of encountering the living God today and finding in Him lasting meaning and hope.
It makes one think, doesn't it? Can we say that we have experienced such an encounter with the living God? And do our lives reflect the fruits of this encounter?
Perhaps we need to go back to His school and study with the Master!