(I did not take this picture, and I could not find any that were close enough… apparently people only take pictures of them from far away!)
A couple of weeks ago I spent my summer vacation on
I realized that I have this innate attraction to be taken up into something, even if it is against my better judgment. And I think it’s true for all of us. We all desire to be caught up in something. Wanting to stay, knowing I should probably run. We all desire to be caught up in something. We are attracted to this idea of being taken out of ourselves. It can be scary at times. But Mary shows us that we can be caught up in God. A total and unconditional Yes.
As we celebrate the feast of the Assumption we are reminded that it is possible to be caught up into God. Mary was so taken up with God, her Yes was so strong, she grabbed onto that rail of faith so tight that:
She gave birth to a son, a male child,
destined to rule all the nations with an iron rod.
Her child was caught up to God and his throne.
We too, will either be caught up in God, or caught up in something else. Think of all the things we can get caught up in:
We get caught up in the moment, maybe an argument that we didn’t intend to start, or caught up in an action or behavior that we never intended, or caught up in good book that we can’t put down, maybe the latest Twilight book or Harry Potter or John Grisham, caught up in a fight or a bad relationship, caught up searching for new apps for our droid or IPhone, caught up in facebook or Farmville and waist way more time then we intended.. The worst is when I get caught up in a lame TV movie on a lazy afternoon and waist hours because we feel like we have to watch it until the end. Or we get caught up surfing the net because of some junk email that someone sent us, or caught up surging the net going to websites we have no business going to. Or we get caught up in a relationship that we should not be in or a love affair that needs to end.
Like me watching the waterspout and clenching my hands to the rails, we often have this tendency to get caught up into something and we often times stay longer then we reasonably should. The truth is that God gave us this desire to be caught with Him. And if we are not caught up with him we are going to be caught up to something else.
What are you caught up in right now? Where are you staying longer than you reasonably should?
The truth is we all desire to be caught up in something. If we are not caught up in God we are going to be caught up in something or someone else. On this Feast day, God shows us through the Assumption of Mary, that it is possible to be caught up entirely body and soul to Him.