Too Much Haste!
"Where does God live?" asked the
Rabbi of his disciples as they sat around
the table for dinner. The disciples were
surprised at their master! Such an obvious
question. Everyone knows that God is everywhere.
So nobody answered. The Rabbi seemed to be
talking to himself as he mumbled, "where
does God live? God lives wherever we let
We live in a crazy society. Always running
around and around in circles. We do not seem
to know how to stop this absurd race against
time. Everyone is busy, everyone grumbles
that he has no time to do anything... Work,
school, jogging, workshops, housework, television,
church, homework, laundry, cooking, kids,
meetings... Burnt out! Tired! Jaded!
I was watching recently this group
talking on television about their experience
on an expedition in the forests of
They took a group of natives with them
carry their luggage - clothes, food,
scientific equipment. For the first
all went well. They were moving quickly
were happy that their plans were running
on schedule. Suddenly, however, the
put down the loads they were carrying
their heads, sat down, and would not
The scientists could not understand
behavior. They natives refused to speak.
They tried to reason things out, they
them more money, they threatened them,
even tried to move them forcibly. All
in vain. The natives remained seated
silent. Two days later, however, without
a cue, they got up, lifted their loads,
began the journey again as if nothing
When the expedition was over, these
asked the natives the reason for their
behavior. Their answer was simple and
"We were hurrying too much. So
.... that our spirits could not reach
So we stopped so our spirits could
up with us!"
"We were hurrying too much!"
the time has come for you to recuperate
mental energies. Otherwise you risk
more and more frantic with this constant
work, work, work of yours.
The time has come for us to reclaim
Today as you are returning from work,
by a quiet Church and spend ten minutes
in front of Jesus. No need to say much.
look at Him. Or else go outside, find
a quiet place, and spend some minutes
up at the heavens.... Just smile at
Otherwise you may finish up praying
that man who was heard saying, "O
if there is a God, save my soul, if
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