“If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal.” 1 Corinthians 13:1

The theme of “Holy Leisure” has given me reason to pause and reflect.  The suffering of my brothers and sisters around the world, wars, famine, families fleeing their homes, political unrest and hunger, make my contemplation of leisure seem self-serving and banal.  I enjoy First World problems of working long hours, having to watch my weight and wondering what new Netflix shows I may be missing.  Meanwhile my human family is unemployed, hungry and living in refugee camps.  But as someone who cares deeply and attempts to see the crucified one in the faces of all people, I know in my heart that a life of work and service will only lead to burn out without the spiritual nurturing that  “time-outs” with God brings.  Mother Teresa said, “I can do no great things; only small things with great love”.  Without intentional use of unstructured time my love for the world will be a “resounding gong” devoid of holy joy, a burden, a resentment.

by Andrew