Luis gave a wonderful sermon on Easter Sunday about the “present.” Consider when Moses asked God for his name, “God’s answer was “I am.” God didn’t respond “I was” or “I will be.” He answered in the present, and it’s a helpful reminder of who we are as well. We are not our past, or who we will be in the future, we are who we are, and as we approach our fellow human beings we must be careful not to get too caught up in who “they were” or “who they might be.” We welcome them for “who they are” in the moment.
As we venture forth today, let’s make a conscious effort to be in the present and to encounter each individual in the moment. If someone tries to pull you back into the past, let it go. If someone tries to draw you into the anxieties of the future, let it go as well. As an example, I had part of my annual physical today. As a result of my transplant I have to see a series of doctors once a year. After hearing her give me all types of warnings about what to watch out for in the future, I asked, “Doc, how about today. How am I doing?” Her answer, “Well actually, today everything is perfectly fine.” That is the answer I needed, I can live today with that all day long.
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