Quite often we read about someone who becomes blind or is paralyzed in one form or another and he or she says something very similar to each other to the effect, “I never realized the gift my sight, hearing mobility etc was until it was taken away!” I wonder if we have ever really stopped to consider the tremendous gift that our faith is to us? Do we realize how great a gift the offer of salvation is because if we wait until it has been taken away it will be too late to do anything about it! It is seemingly part of the nature of the gift of God’s love; the gift of salvation, that life can go on around it without our really acknowledging its existence. This is a very dangerous place to find one’s self in as it is the first step towards presumption and ultimately contempt towards the gifts of God. I am sure that none of us wants to travel down that road!

St Paul calls to the mind of the Corinthian Community the wonderful treasure that each of them holds in their hearts – the gift of the death and resurrection of the Lord Jesus. He encourages them to give life to the gift and allow it to flower so that it will inform everything that they do and say. This is true for each one of us. It is too easy for us to become complacent about our faith and led it slide off the radar screens of our active lives. We do this at our own peril. If we allow this to happen too often it will very easily become habitual and all of a sudden we may find ourselves living outside the gift of salvation and with a growing contempt towards the gifts and will of God for our lives.

Today is the Feast of St James the Apostle. We celebrate a man who had to make decisions as regards what he does with his life. He chose to follow Christ precisely because he discovered in that call the ultimate answer to the questions surrounding the meaning of life. Dare I say it, but following Christ is the only way to make full sense of the meaning of our lives. Yes, we may discover some sort of meaning in life apart from faith in God, but it will be more or less deficient of fulfillment depending upon the degree to which God is a part of our life.

Where do I find meaning for my life? Is it in my faith in God? If not, then what is the basis for this meaning? Is it going to last?

Holy Spirit, lead me more deeply into the truth of my being a person created in the image and likeness of God so that I will better understand that it is only in, with and through Christ that I a going to find true fulfillment.