In meditating on the Gospel text for this past Sunday, the beautiful thought occurred to me that we should find tranquil rest and joyful relaxation in recovery. I believe that The Lord wishes us to be this way as He says:
“Come to me, all you, who are weary and find life burdensome, and I will refresh you. Take my yoke upon your shoulders and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble of heart. Your souls will find rest, for my yoke is easy and my burden light.” [Matthew 11:28-30]
How comforting this thought is and how consonant with our AA program. Once we have handed over all of our cares, worries and fears – indeed, our total self – then the outcome is out of our hands and we are in the embrace of our God. What can be more secure than this? Whereas at one time in our lives we carried the heavy burden of our alcoholism along with all of life’s difficulties piled on us, now we finally have someone to carry all of this for us. Nothing in the world of medicine or therapy could make us such an offer. We had to relinquish all in order to find the life we have today.
What moves us today when we realize how free we are? Is the state of our being today worth passing on? I truly think so!
“Nothing is more practical than finding God – than falling in Love in a quite absolute, final way. What you are in love with, what seizes your imagination, will affect everything. It will decide what will get you out of bed in the morning, what you do with your evenings, how you spend your weekends, what you read, whom you know, what breaks your heart, and what amazes you with joy and gratitude. Fall in love, stay in love, and it will decide everything.”
Pedro Arrupe, S.J.