The most important work a Baby Boomer can do is set the example for what common sense values look like in action. After writing this Mid Life Celebration blog post title, jeff noel realized there is no dialogue necessary to support it’s meaning. Go.
Some Mid Life Celebration blog readers get it (and stay) and some don’t (and leave). It was the same for Jesus too. But no matter. Boomers, if we let what other people think stop us from doing what’s on our faithful heart, no great and important things would ever get done.
In dreaming big, and filled with God’s Holy Spirit, jeff noel prayed for understanding and direction from the vision his teacher shared in yesterday’s post.
Would it be possible to be so full of God’s Holy Spirit that while “doing a reading”, it was God’s voice, not his own, that would cause Parishioners to stop following along in the Missal, look up and see the Lector as if it was Saint Paul, Abraham, or the Prophet Jeremiah, etc.
The Catholic Church uses volunteers to conduct Mass. So jeff noel volunteers his public speaking experience, as a Catholic Lector. Typically, The Old Testament and The New Testament passages are read by laypeople and the Priest or Deacon reads The Gospel.
Baptized Lutheran and converted to Catholicism (1999 at age 40), jeff noel quickly saw the stereotypical (but well-intentioned) going-through-the-motions sound of a Lector who reads the way they’ve grown up listening. This led to a Sunday epiphany.
Boomers understand the benefits of developing healthy, important midlife habits. But if we are not careful, we’ll be blind to an obvious danger – mediocrity. What if Jesus had unintentionally begun going through the motions?