How to Achieve the Goal

This homily was given at Our Lady of the Mountain Parish, Ashland, OR on the Sixteenth Tuesday in Ordinary Time, July 19, 2022. The audio is available here.

I try to start every day with 3 priorities I plan to accomplish.

“Write this homily; make that phone call; pick up the groceries.”

It’s good and prudent to plan ahead.

But every day also brings unexpected demands.

The knock at the door, the urgent message, that thing that only you can fix…

The little things can build up and get in the way of achieving our goals.

When that happens, we might get frustrated with these surprise interruptions.

Many of us have a “performance mentality,” an inner voice which says:

 “I’m OK, I’m valuable, only if I’m productive, if I perform well.”

But that voice is not the voice of the Father.

And our single-minded striving to achieve our goals, even good ones, can be an ultimately selfish pursuit, more about “feeling OK” than serving God.

Jesus says, “Whoever loves me will do my Father’s will.”

And our Father’s will includes the “interruptions” He places in our path.

Today, as we receive Jesus in Holy Communion, ask Him to teach us the secret of doing our Father’s will in all things, putting our own priorities on the back burner in favor of the Father’s often unexpected preferences.

“If you have God as the center of all your actions, then you will achieve the goal,” the one thing necessary above all other priorities: the will of God.

As we respond generously to God’s interruptions, we find our peace of soul, our confidence and effectiveness are greater than ever, because our identity no longer depends on what we do, but on who He says we are.

“Whoever does my Father’s will is my brother, my sister, and our Father will love you, and we will come to you and remain with you.” 

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