The Pursuit Of Happiness
Feast of St. Luke, Evangelist
Scriptural Readings: 2 Timothy 4:9-17b; Psalm 145:10-11, 12-13ab, 17-18;
My dear encountered couples:
“When you’ve got a good thing going, stick with it.” “If it’s not broken, don’t fix it.” We all have heard that advice before. Jesus in today’s gospel told the seventy-two disciples he sent out on the road to preach, that when they find somebody who wants to listen to them, stay and preach, if they find someone who welcomes them to their home, stay with them until they have finished their task.
Many people are not satisfied for long with anything. Their car might work just fine, but they get tired of it and trade it in for another. Their house might be quite adequate, even paid for, but they want a bigger and more expensive one. The job they have might be the envy of many, but they quit in hopes of finding a better one. I guess this sort of thing is what we refer to as the “Pursuit of Happiness” which, of course, we all have a right to. But let me ask this about all this pursuing of happiness we do. “Do we really know what it is we are pursuing?”
We were all created with a desire for perfect happiness. And we will pursue this perfect happiness till the end of time and throughout eternity until we get it. There is only one place we can find that perfect happiness - it is in God Himself! Nothing on earth, nowhere throughout this galaxy or any other, not even anywhere in eternity will we find perfect happiness except in God. The possession of God, life with God, becoming one in love with God is the only way we will ever be able to stop pursuing our dreams. If what we have now, materially, is good and adequate, why waste so much of the rest of our lives trying to find better in this passing world of the material.
True happiness is of the spirit, God is that Spirit. Continue pursuing happiness in the only place you can really find it. In God! Keep up that kind of pursuit.