• Wartakanlah Injil kepada segala makhluk.
    Mrk 16:15

  • 你们往普天下去, 向一切受造物宣传福音
    谷 16:15

  • Everything is possible by the power of the Holy Spirit’s Grace.
    St Arnold Janssen

  • Segala sesuatu menjadi mungkin dalam kekuatan karunia Roh Kudus.
    St. Arnold Janssen

  • 我当传教士不是为主牺牲,而是上主给我的最大恩赐
    圣福若瑟神父

  • Với sức mạnh Ân Huệ của Chúa Thánh Thần, Mọi việc đều có thể được.
    St Arnoldus Janssen

  • Preach the Gospel to the whole creation./Anh em hãy đi khắp tứ phương thiên hạ, loan báo Tin Mừng cho mọi loài thọ tạo
    Mk 16:15

  • There are many different gifts, but it is always the same Spirit.
    1 Cor 12:4

  • And the Word became flesh and lived among us.
    Jn 1:14

  • Let the word of Christ, in all its richness, find a home with you.
    Col 3:16

  • To proclaim the Good News is the first and greatest act of love of neighbour.
    St Arnold Janssen

  • 传扬天国福音是第一且最大的爱近人行动
    圣杨生•爱诺德神父

  • Có nhiều đặc sủng khác nhau, nhưng chỉ có một Thần Khí/
    1 Cor. 14:4

  • 圣言成了血肉,寄居在我们中间
    若 1:14

  • Ada rupa-rupa karunia, tetapi Roh satu
    1 Kor 12:4

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Monday, 30 July 2018 11:06

Life and Journey: on the go - a reflection

 

Fr Joseph Reddy with collar 150By Fr Joseph Reddy SVD

Life is all about constantly looking forward and moving on. Be it on the road while you drive towards a destination or looking expectantly towards a career, the binding rule is the same: to keep constantly looking forward, while on the journey.

It was 3pm on 23rd July, upon the request of Br Martin, I embarked on a car journey to the Sydney Domestic Airport to pick up Fr. Olivier Svd. While on the journey, Br. Martin Svd pointed to the car in front of us and exclaimed, “This guy is in a hurry. He wants to reach his destination faster than others.” We noticed the driver overtaking the other vehicles and moving ahead with quick precision and speed, only to be held up by the next set of traffic lights! 

Road ahead 300In life too, at times we want to achieve greater things in quick succession and be more successful than others, but we are caught up with life’s problems. While learning to drive a car in Australia, my driving instructor often advised me to look constantly through the windscreen and also deliberately check the rear-view mirror and the blind spot mirrors. While driving a vehicle, our whole concentration is ahead of us: to know what’s ahead, what’s coming, is the road clear and good to go ahead or not. All these things have to be considered, looking through the windscreen as we move towards our destination. 

Occasionally, we have a quick look at the rear-view mirror, to know what’s coming behind us, and whether we need to give way to something important such as emergency vehicles like ambulances, fire or police vehicles. As every human being goes ahead in life looking forward, often our concentration falls behind. Occasionally when looking/reviewing our past life, we see some achievements, some happy moments. If it hurts, it’s okay. At times we can be inspired by past experiences, moved by encouraging events and see the mistakes committed that turned out to be lessons for life. But constantly looking backwards while you drive or live can be dangerous and even mishaps might occur as well.

Speedo 350God’s words tell us that our sight should be placed ahead in life, and our forward looking be straight, so that the upcoming time and events can be enjoyed and cherished.

We read in the Gospel of John 10:10 that Jesus came to give us life and life in abundance. How do we acquire these abundant blessings? By constantly looking forward in the given promises from Jesus and moving ahead in life.

 I was indeed glad, when I hit the 10,000km mark on my odometer, having driven my car since April 2016! For me it was a significant achievement. Also, for me, while On The Go in the car or in life, looking constantly forward is the key to success and achievement. And the promises of the Lord will keep me safe and take me to my goals. 

Look ahead. Use the past as a lesson, not a yardstick. 

A positive mindset paves way for success!