Keep looking up
Most of us are shocked by the acts of violence and terror happening in the world today. On mainstream media we hear and see how our freedoms are being threatened and violated, with the perpetrators of such acts being given first place or centre stage.
We are bombarded with information technology 24/7. Social media has invaded our personal space so much that our heads are constantly buried in our tablets or phones and our minds are being fed with stuff that takes us away from what is really important.
I am a lover of Holy Mass and I try to go as much as I can. It is a reminder to me about where I need to keep my focus and who I am.
Like most people, I was deeply troubled by the recent murder of Fr. Jacques Hamel in France at the altar of God. After the incident, I attended Mass in honour of Him. While I was leaving the church, I found myself looking up towards the heavens.
There before and above me was the cross. It had an angel with a sword on each side of it. It was poignant reminder that we are not alone and that we are being protected. That God is sovereign, and I need to keep looking up.
Down here we are all like busy little ants getting on with our daily lives, as well as trying to cope with being bombarded with the banality and trivia that the internet can throw at us. The enemy also likes nothing more than to keep you busy, with your head buried in such stuff and in the worry about what might happen, something like it what happened to Fr. Hamel and many others around the world.
But the life of the believer it not a life that is determined by what is going on around us, but it is governed by a power far greater than ourselves, one who finished it all at Calvary. When Jesus took his last breath on the cross, He too looked up to the Father and said his last words: “It is finished” John 19:30.
Friends, from an earthly perspective it is easier to bow our heads with fear and feel defeated with the challenges we all face day to day, but the Lord wants better from us. He wants us to keep looking up, fixing our eyes on Him. Hebrews 12.2.
It is something so simple, yet how many of us do it? Simply look up.
Isaiah 40.28 says “Look up into the heavens. Who created all the stars? He brings them out like an army, one after another, calling each by its name. Because of his great power and incomparable strength, not a single one is missing”.
The sky above us is beautiful as it declares the glory of God.
So keep looking up, only to Him.
It will give you a far greater perspective. A heavenly one, that continues to remind us who we are and who is in control.
God bless and have a great day.
Carol J. Kelso.