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Deuteronomy 6:2-6 / Hebrews 7:23-28 / Mark 12: 28b-34

 

Life is Messy. . .

It is. . . isn’t it. . .

Life is Messy.

That’s the title of a recent book by
Catholic author Matthew Kelly.

Sometimes. . . sometimes. . .

we get glimpses that there
is some rationality and direction in our lives. . .

But more times than not. . .

Life. . . and the world. . .
seem to be somewhat chaotic. . .
unruly. . .

with strong forces fighting against us.

That’s one thing that the pandemic
has made us realize. . .

Or social media which is conspiring to
make us more angry. . .

so we’ll turn against each other. . .
so we’ll be divided. . .

just for profit!!!

Or sometimes we’re our own worst enemy. . .
Doing what we deep down. . .
Deep down. . .
knowing it is wrong and we don’t really want to do. . .

Or not doing what we really know is right!!!

Life is messy!!!

And there’s no grand plan
that we can come up with
that will fix all the messes. . .

There’s no perfect life coach we can hire. . .

There’s no perfect self-help book that we could read
that will solve all the messiness of life.

Even finding the perfect love of your life
won’t solve all the messiness. . .

there’s some messiness in that too!!!

Nor will having the perfect career. . .

There’s some messiness in that too!!!

There are just too many variables. . .

There are too many people in our orbit
with different goals and different ideas. . .

There are too many forces
pushing us. . .

first in this direction. . .

and then in that direction!!!

And you know,
there’s just too much wounded-ness. . .
and brokenness in the world.

We’re all broken and wounded
in some way or another. . .

So, the mess of human life. . .
is here to stay. . .

at least until Jesus returns. . .

It’s unavoidable. . .

It’s just life.
So Matthew Kelly is right!!!

Life is messy!!

But after pointing out the messiness of life. . .

Kelly gives a wonderful piece of Christian wisdom. . .

it’s not the mess that determines our life. . .

It’s what we do with the mess
that determines everything.

It’s not the mess that determines our life. . .

It’s what we do with the mess
that determines everything.

So Kelly states that one of
THE questions of our life. . .

One of the most important questions is this:

Can something that has been broken. . .

Can something that has been broken. . .

be put back together in such a way. . .

that makes it more beautiful than ever before?

Can something that has been broken. . .
be put back together in such a way
that makes it more beautiful than ever before?

Well, as Christians. . . our answer has to be yes. . .

Yes. . .

Of course it can!!

The Japanese have a beautiful art form called
“Kintsugi”. . .

It’s a form of ceramics.

In our culture. . .
if we break a vase or a bowl. . .
we throw it away and buy a new one. . .

but with this Japanese art form. . .

when a vase is broken. . .

the artist gathers up the pieces. . .

and glues them back together.

And the way they glue the pieces back together
is steeped in wisdom. . .

and tradition. . .

with an understanding of what true beauty is!!!

You see, they mix gold dust with the glue. . .

And they don’t try to hide the cracks. . .

they own them. . .

they honor them. . .

they even accentuate them
by making them golden
with the golden glue. (Kelly, Life is Messy, 3-8)

And the finished products. . .

they are beautiful. . .

Absolutely beautiful!!!

Can something that has been broken. . .
be put back together in such a way
that makes it more beautiful than ever before?

Yes. . .

Yes, it can. . .

in the hands of the Divine Artist. . .

Yes, they can. . .
in the hands of the Holy Spirit.

And where does this happen?

Where does the reconfiguring. . .
this restoration. . .
this healing take place?

where does the gluing with
the golden glue take place?. . .

to make us. . .
broken as we are. . .
more beautiful than ever before?

Just asks our great mystics. . .

Just ask those who have been glued back together
into something more beautiful
than they were before. . .

just ask the saints. . .

This restoration and healing
takes place in deep. . .deep prayer

in the hands of the Holy Spirit. . .

where we place ourselves in
the Hands of the divine artist. . .

Prayer. . .it happens in prayer!!!

And it happens by immersing ourselves. .
in the Word of God. . .

as the Gospel. . .

the words of Jesus. . .

gives us new shape. . .

putting us back together with the divine glue.

It happens in the Gospels!!!

And it happens in the sacraments. . .

In eating His Body and drinking His Blood. . .

It happens in the sacrament of reconciliation. . .

In the sacraments we are united with the divine artist. . .

we are touched by grace!!!

The healing power of grace!!!

Love God. . .

Love God. . .

Love God. . .

by put ourselves in the Divine Hands. . .

Love God by letting Him have his way with Us. . .

Shaping and gluing us back together in God’s image. . .

Love God by praying. . .
By immersing ourselves in His word. . .
By receiving the pure grace and love of the sacraments!!!

And once we have been touched. . .

Once we’ve been healed. . .
Been reconfigured. . .
Glued together by the Divine Artist. . .

Then the Divine Artist sends us out
to become healers of the brokenness. . .

instruments in the messiness!!!

wounded healers. . .

As Kelly says:

“We each possess,
[as Children of God. . .
made and conformed in the Image of God. . .
and healed. . .
glued back together]. . .

we become the gold dust
needed to glue
other people back together. . .

[helping] making them more beautiful and
loveable than ever.

Our love,
connection,
acceptance,
generosity,
community,
and kindness
are that gold dust” (Kelly, Life is Messy, 3-8)

As we lead them to. . .
and surrender them to. . .
the Divine artist!!!

Love neighbor!!!

Love neighbor!!!

Help restore them with love. . .
God’s love!!!

Life is Messy!!!

But the mess doesn’t determine our lives. . .

what we do with mess determines our lives!!!

Can something that has been broken. . .
be put back together in such a way
that makes it more beautiful than ever before?

Absolutely!!!!

As an example just look at pictures of
Kintsugi ceramics on the internet. . .

But more important. . .
check out the saints!!!

How does it all happen?. . .

the restoration. . .

the healing. . .

being formed into true human beauty?

How???

Love God. . .

And love neighbor!!!

Holy Spirit 10/30-31/2021