By Oswald Sobrino, J.D.; M.A. (Econ.); M.A. (Theo.); M.L. (Master of Latin), doctoral student, University of Florida.

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Climbing Mountains

Over the summer, I attended a parish cell meeting in my local Catholic parish and heard a recorded message from the associate pastor (parochial vicar). The line that stuck with me was very simple: let us get on with it and climb our particular mountains. It reminds me of how Jesus in Gethsemane simply announced to his disciples: arise and let us be on our way. I also heard a similar word in the old musical The Sound of Music where the mother superior encourages one of the main characters to confront the challenges of life by climbing every mountain instead of seeking to retreat in cowering fear from life.

As the summer ends, we strongly sense the need to either climb mountains or to run away from challenges. Whether we are students or parents or both, let's resolve to climb the mountains that we face. All that we need is faith the size of a mustard seed, and the mountains can be moved. The Gospel calls us to radical boldness in which we renounce anxiety, fear, and excessive microplanning of our future and that of others. We live in the present taking one step at a time in trust in Adonai. Let's be on our way with a decisive and assured gait. We have nothing to lose but our obstacles, some of which are surely merely figments of our anxious imaginations.