Time and Conversion

Dear Parishioners,

It seems as though we were just saying, "I can't believe it's Labor Day already!" This Tuesday we will celebrate All Saints Day. Before we know it, Thanksgiving, then Christmas; time keeps flying by.

Do we ever stop to see how things are going with work, with school, with family and friends? As time is going by so fast, we may want to stop and take a look at these things. How about our relationship with God? We don't know when Jesus will come a second time and when we will face our final judgment. Don't we want to be sure we are prepared, especially with time going by so fast?

A good way we can do this is to look for conversion experiences in our life. We may think of religious conversion as first coming into the faith. Actually, conversion is any way we experience the Lord in our life -- any way we build our relationship with the Lord. It's important to realize that conversion is not an experience we make just once...it's an experience we make and remake every day of our life.

How have we experienced the Lord? Of course we experience the Lord at mass, in the sacraments and in our prayer life. We also experience the Lord as we go through the course of each day. Any act of kindness we make to another or someone else makes to us is a conversion experience. When we recognize God's presence through the birth of a baby, the return home of a loved one or special times with family and friends, we experience conversion.

In today's gospel, Zacchaeus experienced conversion. When Zacchaeus accepted Jesus into his home, he experienced conversion. Zacchaeus turned from his sinful ways and reached out to help those in need. These are all examples of conversion.

As the days are flying by, let's be sure we stay aware of our relationship with God. Then we will see how God is present in our life. As we recognize conversion experiences on our life, we will see that conversion is not an experience we make just once...it's an experience we make and remake every day of our life.

Sincerely in Christ,

Father Dominick