Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

In the 1960’s all-pro star Jerry Kramer wrote a best-seller called Instant Replay. In it he asks this question, “What is the purpose of my life beyond football?”

In the 1980’s he wrote another book called: Distant Replay. It opens with this question, “What have I done with my life?” He concludes in this book that the one thing he regrets not doing was handing on solid Christian values to his children.

The life story of Jerry Kramer parallels the Gospel today and challenges us to ask similar questions of our own life: How I am making the world a better place to live, to learn, to work and to pray. How am I making our lacerated Church a holier Body? How am I contributing to the maintenance of peace, security and self-esteem for all those I meet?

What values do I help develop in young people so they will become well-rounded and successful in a Catholic life that will guide them to heaven? William James once wrote: “The best use of life is to spend it for something that outlasts life.”

My dear friends this is our moment to pass on what we ourselves have received- the Word Incarnate, dwelling among us, changing us more perfectly for the Kingdom of God.

It may be in small and little ways but, as Mother Teresa said, “many drops of water make up an ocean of love.”