I laughed when I saw the two laundry room signs at Hobby Lobby: “Sort later” and “Wash tomorrow.” I bought them and hung them on the wall because they accurately described my attitude of “I don’t feel like dealing with this right now, so I am going to ignore it.”
This remained humorous until I became a mom, and my kids had the same attitude. I’d hear the whines and complaints of not wanting to clean their room or do their schoolwork. I’d remind them that there was a time for fun and a time to just deal with it and get the work done.
I felt a prick of hypocritical guilt as I looked over to the leaning tower of dirty laundry and those formerly cute signs. I sighed. I did not have a legitimate excuse. I just didn’t want to deal with it. On a deeper level, this laundry had become an outward expression of my interior life. God was asking more of me, but I was dragging my feet.
Living as a faithful Catholic is not easy. Cultivating a strong prayer life, weeding out sin, building virtue, and living counter-culturally cannot thrive in a life dominated by procrastination, timidity, and lukewarmness. I had to decide what kind of life I wanted to live.
All the readings today gave me my answer. Each proclaims one main message—“The kingdom of God is at hand. Repent, and believe in the Gospel” (Mark 1:15).
Look at the world around us. If there ever were a time we needed to get serious about our faith, it’s now. Prayer is crucial. Sacrifices are imperative. Souls are in desperate need of our courageous love.
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