What’s your story about? It’s difficult to write that without it seeming somewhat trite. I suppose that it’s because we believe that thinking of our life as a story would be boiling it down to a romanticized reduction of what it actually is. I think that can be true, but perhaps it is also true that we’ve just forgotten how to tell or live a good story. A priest told me once that the best thing about John the Baptist is that you cannot tell a story about him without also talking about Christ. That is true even more so with Mary, who is the perfect image of the season of Advent. Perhaps the most wonderful thing anyone could ever say about us is that they couldn’t speak of us without also speaking of Christ.
The story that I told you today was absolutely true. Maybe if it ended in another way it wouldn’t be a very good story, perhaps the story isn’t actually over either. From my perspective the most beautiful part of it is that it’s a story that assumes so much more than just the characters involved. Do you see the story of Christ in that? Anything that is truly beautiful grows, encompasses, or affects the things around it for the better. A good marriage makes for a good family. A couple good friendships can form a great group or team and a good parish can affect an entire community.
So learn these two things well, first your story is never just your own. What you do matters and the people in your life need your help to get to heaven. Second, the story of Christ belongs to you just as much as it does to anyone else. That story should define your life. It should affect everything you say and do. People shouldn’t be able to tell your story without passionately telling the story of Christ. So, I’ll ask you again… What’s your story about?
You and yours are in my prayers,
P.S. Bring 12 people to a living faith in Jesus Christ before you die.