Fr. Dave's Take On It 8/27/17
One night a nurse was making her rounds in a nursing home when, while walking down the hall, she came across an open door. She looked in and saw Frank sitting up in his bed pretending to drive. She asked, “Frank, where are you going?” He replied, “To Toronto.” The nurse smiled at him and continued on making her rounds. The next night, as she passed Frank’s room, she saw the same thing. Again, she asked, “Frank, where are you going?” He replied, “I’m driving to Toronto. It’s a two-day trip, you know.” The nurse smiled and continued on. Five minutes later she came across another open door and looked in. She saw Bob pretending to dance with someone. She then asked, “Bob, what are you doing?” Bob answered, “I’m dancing with Frank’s wife. He’s gone to Toronto for a couple of days.”
In this weekend’s Gospel, Peter does not dance around Jesus’ question, but blurts out what he knows to be the truth, “Jesus, you are the Christ, the one the world has been awaiting.” Do we all believe that? Are we that open and willing to not only blurt out that truth but to live like we truly believe what we are saying? And when we are that transparent, do others look at us like we’re a little out of touch, living in the past, and smile at us as they walk on by? Whatever their reaction might be, we know the truth, and we state it with great confidence and we live it with great resolve. Let us dance, then, with great abandon, joyfully acknowledging the presence of the Christ in our daily lives and show the world we mean what we believe!
In the waning summer bliss