As we begin the Season of Advent, Father Chris is preaching a sermon series on Spiritual Maturity. If you misses the homily last week, please make time to listen by clocking HERE.
Here are some notes he shared as well for all of the community to spend time in reflection on our growth as humans in Jesus Christ!
The Spiritually & Emotionally Mature Christian
- Have you ever thought about Christians needing to be mature in their view of God, self, others and the world?
- Review the signs of an “immature” Christian, do you see any of these things in yourself?
- Hatred of change (I want things to stay the same and when they are not I become more controlling)
- Lack of intimate relationships (I have friends but things never get to a deep level of honesty or sharing; I do the things of God but avoid intimacy with Him too)
- Instant gratification (I find a quick fix to my pain or struggles so I can feel good, even if for a minute; there is no place for suffering)
- Highly sensitive (knowing that feelings are good, this implies overreacting to things and favoring drama in a way unlike the response of Jesus)
- The world is black and white (I need to make sense of things at all times and do not allow for mystery or God’s presence in circumstances that are not yet clear)
- Lack of healthy boundaries (I try to do it all, I am often “out of my lane” in ways that often upset others)
- Have there been “storms” in your life that are perhaps signs that you are not as spiritually and emotionally healthy as you could be at this point on your journey?
- As you look “beneath the surface” (recall that 90% of the iceberg is under water), what are some of the emotional wounds you carry with you from your family of origin or other relationships and experiences that have hurt you?
- How can you begin to create a quiet place in your life (at least 10 minutes a day) where can begin to experience God and His amazing plan for you as He shows you how to walk in His ways and He instructs you in His paths?
- What are you feeling today (angry, sad, worried, grateful)? Talk about this feeling with God.
Be sure to join us this weekend for the second homily in the series. Father Chris will also be available for confessions before and after Masses this weekend and the following weekend. Let the Lord love you through His mercy.