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Get Your Butt Off the Mountain

March 12, 2017

First Reading:

Psalm:

Gospel:

Oh man, the scrapbook moments of life are awesome, aren’t they? Do you ever scroll through your phone’s camera roll and get lost in the sweetness of memories?

Maybe it’s a wedding you attended, a girls’ weekend you loved, a retreat with good friends, the family beach day, the weekend getaway with your husband, a crisp fall day watching college football (gig ‘em) or a really stellar mom day—sometimes the moment stands still, doesn’t it? It feels so good to soak up that friendship and love and leave the worries of day-to-day life on the backburner.

Who wants to walk away from the beauty of those experiences?

The Apostles sure didn’t. Saints Peter, James, and John were thrilled: “Jesus, man, You are the Messiah! How about You, Moses and Elijah all camp here with us. We’ve got this rocking tent and some killer steaks on the grill. Let’s make it a sleepover!”

Of course they were giddy. Their Savior was before them, in dazzling white, reminding them of just how great God’s love was for them. I would’ve been looking for a tent, too. And perhaps a Dr Pepper.

But Jesus doesn’t call us to stay on the mountaintop of life. He asks us to amble our way back down to the valley. He asks us to suffer, to stretch out of our comfort zones, and to get real with people. You can’t lead people to Christ unless you meet them where they are. And girls, they ain’t at the top of the mountain.

Be inspired by your Savior on the mountaintop. Never forget what that goodness feels and looks like. Honor His commandments. But, get your butt off the mountain and get busy doing His work.

Rise, and do not be afraid.

Kathryn Whitaker and her husband, Scott, have 6 awesome kids, teen to toddler. She is a former public relations consultant turned freelance graphic designer, party planner, organizer, and preemie advocate who hails from the Lone Star state. You can find out more about her here.

7 Comments

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    Missy
    March 12, 2017 at 8:20 am

    This is one of my favorite reflections so far!!! It made me think of situations in my life a little different!
    Thank you so much for sharing!!

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    Anonymous
    March 12, 2017 at 8:49 am

    So true! My day-to-day reality is not on the mountaintop. Last weekend I let myself have a couple of hours after Mass to go by myself and see “The Shack.” Since then, I’ve been asking God how I can increase my awareness of Him in the daily grind. I am trying to transform attentiveness to my health-challenged husband, an office job, college/homework, caring for aged parents, helping young adult children by imagining He is literally there among us, transforming the dull and nerve-wracking alike with His beauty and patience.

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    Mary
    March 12, 2017 at 11:34 am

    Gig ’em, indeed! 🙂
    My parish priest had the same message: we have to move on and do what the Lord expects of us!

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      Kathryn
      March 12, 2017 at 2:14 pm

      Whoop! Sounds like a cool priest.

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    Susan
    March 12, 2017 at 12:13 pm

    That’s a mouthful! ‘ You can’t lead people to Christ, unless you meet them where they are!’ I’ll be contemplating on this all day, I know I will! Thank you!

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    Cerita
    March 13, 2017 at 7:36 am

    Gig’em! Great reflection…it is too easy to get lost on the mountain and then be frustrated waiting for those of us below to get up there. Meet me, and push me up from behind. I like this visual. Thank you.

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    Naomi Butler
    March 16, 2017 at 9:07 am

    important reminder- get down off the mt and do the Lord’s work- needed to hear that when I would just prefer everyday to be a MT top experience- but that is not the nitty, gritty of life- Jesus said, “GO, and make disciples…..” May He lead us. 😉

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