Msgr. Robert Tucker: Menu culture – Torrington Register Citizen

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The reality of this First World Culture, for many of us, is making a less serious natural decision because of the many choices we have before us. We can have almost anything we want personalized, tailored, autographed, delivered now, cheaper, faster, prettier and the list goes on.

The conundrum of having so many options: making decisions is difficult and changing our minds is easy. We can reinvent ourselves at midlife and get a new career or be a new person. A new life and being committed to something serious or being committed to a serious personal relationship is not easy. We all have a share in being overwhelmed by choices large or small.

There’s the story of the marriage counselor telling a man, “Your wife says you never buy her flowers. Is that true?”

Husband: “To be honest, I never knew she sold flowers.”

How to roll with all the choices? And how to be aware of what others are thinking, doing and desire is part of this age of Menu Culture!

Our three readings this Sunday want us to make a commitment. The tribes of Israel, in the first reading, are asked to commit themselves to the God that they choose to serve. Joshua clearly states that he and his household will serve the Lord, for He is our God.

St. Paul speaks about a commitment of spouses to their marriage relationship to be as loving and permanent, as Christ is to his Church. Jesus asks the Twelve, and us today, if we will commit to continue following Him.

We have so many options in the menu of life to be committed to. Wealth, status, power, pleasure, sports, TV, Twitter, all allowing so many diversions and lead us away from God. Our drive this week is to think and pray each day to the Lord. God does not always get a place in the menu choices of life! Perhaps we need to get back to the old form of just a simple morning and evening prayer, acknowledging God in the menu choices of life.

Jesus as the Son of God has rescued us from the slavery of sin, given us the hope of eternal life, and guided us along right paths. Alternate paths may be easier or more socially acceptable, but our moral conscience tells us that these are not the values that will lead us to eternal life.

Take some quiet time to pray, observe the beauty of nature, a summer storm, a bird singing, a flower growing, a child splashing in the water — all menu choices for thanking and thinking of God. We may need to be like the little girl overheard praying the Our Father, “forgive us our trash passes as we forgive those who pass trash against us.”

Or, we may fall victim in the menu choice to the mistake in a wedding invitation “Mr. and Mrs. Walter Hill announce the coming marriage of their daughter Helen. No mate has been selected for the wedding. Thank God they were eventually married and lived happily ever after regardless of the date and the mate.”

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