This being a vocations-themed blog, it is appropriate to ask you, the readers, “What do you want to do with your life?” This was the question that a Saturday Night Live character, Matt Foley, motivational speaker, (played by Chris Farley) yelled out at two unmotivated 90’s teenagers. What do we want to do with our lives? This is the ultimate question that we have to answer. If we avoid trying to find the answer, then we end up doing nothing with our lives. But is that acceptable? Our lives must find purpose.
A life without purpose slowly becomes a life that is lost. As young people, we start out full of potential and possibility. We can become many things in life. We can choose many different paths. But if we linger, if we hesitate, if we stall, we lose ground. Opportunities pass us by. We begin to form an attitude of anger or withdrawl. We miss out on life itself. This is a tragedy. How often in contemporary life do we fear ourselves sentenced to this fate: that we have been made useless and without meaning?
For this is not the fate of those who belong to Christ. They have purpose. Christ is alive! He has Risen! Through His offering on the Cross, He gave us the opportunity to have life, and have it more abundantly. He defeated our sins, which shackle us to the ground, and do not permit us to rise up to new heights. Our sins hold us, bind us, even enslave us. Christ frees us to really live, because He Himself is alive. Anyone who is in Christ is a “new creation”. If you are in Christ, and Christ is in you, then you cannot help but live. There is no other way.
So, if you are a person of faith, then you must answer Matt Foley’s question, “What are you going to do with your life?” Unlike Foley, who told his young friends that, “you probably won’t amount to jack squat”, Jesus tells you something different. St. Paul tells us, “eye has not seen, ear has not heard, nor has it so much as dawned on man, what God has prepared for those who love Him.” So, does this give you some courage to persue your vocational calling? Knowing this motivating fact, may your fears lessen?
By the way, did you know where Chris Farley got the name for his sketch character, “Matt Foley, Motivational Speaker”? It is the name of a friend of his from college, with whom he played rugby. Do you know what the real life Matt Foley did with his life? He became a priest. He is currently a Chaplain in the Military, and we wish him God’s blessings on his ministry to our soldiers.
Jesus Christ, 2nd Person of the Blessed Trinity and Sinless Son of God, laid down His life so that you, sinner though you are, could take up your life.
So, will you take it up? Or let it lie down? This is the question of Holy Week, which is upon us. God bless you!