Why Not A Eucharistic Conference!

But strive first for the Kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. (Mt 6:33: NRSVCE)

HOW DO YOU KNOW …

How do you know you’re on a pilgrimage?

Well, okay. If you recently spent several thousand dollars, you traveled by air six hours or more, and you now find yourself in Rome or Jerusalem or some other place like that — you’re probably on a pilgrimage. But all pilgrimages don’t require great amounts of money or time. So how do you know when you’re on a pilgrimage? What are some of the indicators?

DAILY ROUTINES …

Let’s start with comfort zones. If you are someplace doing something that takes you outside of your daily routines while you’re focused on the Lord, your faith, and the people God puts around you, you’re probably on a pilgrimage.

Getting outside your comfort zones is one indicator that you have embarked on a pilgrimage.

SURPRISING EVENTS …

If something surprising happens while you’re focused on God in one of these situations, you could be on a pilgrimage.

On pilgrimage, you can expect the unexpected. You might be amazed (we have an amazing God), but you should never be surprised when God shows up and shares something amazing with you. We call that “having an encounter with God” or having a “God adventure!”

LESSONS LEARNED …

And if you realize that you’re learning something about yourself, other people, or God, there’s a good chance you’re on a pilgrimage. God wants to teach you, and pilgrimages are a great way to learn lessons that last a lifetime.

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS …

It’s not necessary that you spend a lot of money to go on pilgrimage. Some pilgrimages are free — or nearly free.

It’s not necessary that you set aside a lot of time or travel great distances to go on pilgrimage either. Some pilgrimages can take place very near the place you live and work.

The minimum requirements of a pilgrimage include escaping your daily routines and turning your attention to whatever God wants to share with you.

HIS WAY OR NOT …

Surprise is the key to pilgrimage — perhaps even amazement. When you agree to go someplace or do something with God, expect the unexpected.

God tells us that His thoughts are different from our thoughts, and His ways are different from our ways (Isa 55:8). You cannot share in His thoughts or move in His ways, even briefly, without experiencing something new, different, and exciting. And that’s what’s left when the pilgrimage ends — amazing memories.

GO …

We learn from the surprise(s). We are left with much to think and pray about when the pilgrimage concludes. It’s not necessary to go far or to set aside long periods of time for travel in order to experience pilgrimage. But you must go!

To go on pilgrimage, you must leave the daily routines of life behind and join God wherever He is working. You might not change the world while you’re on pilgrimage, but you can be sure that God will change you.

Let’s get ready to go meet the Lord!

 

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