I imagined sitting on a mountain with Jesus, looking down at the town and busyness below.
We were talking, mostly about how hard it is to keep God a priority in this day in age, and especially at Christmastime. We read all the right passages in the Gospels, and hear all the right perspectives from our priests and religious men and women.
But for the other 90% of the time, I told Him, it gets really hard to not get caught up in society. From jobs to politics to buying presents, we are focused on many, many other things.
I asked Him for a thought ... a reminder ... anything that could help me feel the right perspective.
He motioned to the crucifix I wear around my neck, and looked at me with eyes that said "What else could you possibly need?"
I nodded bashfully in acknowledgement.
Then He said, "Ok, how about this ... if I were to tell you I could take you to Heaven right now, to be with me forever ... what else down there (motioning back to society) would you worry about? What else would you care about?"
I soaked that in.
The answer, of course, was nothing. In fact, other than my family and friends, every other thing in my life shrunk smaller than a spec of sand. And I actually felt it in that moment*. I did not have another care in the world.
Just then, the gift basket at Mass arrived at my lap, and I returned to reality. But I did not forget the example Jesus gave me, and will definitely remind myself of it often.
God Bless you.
* I must admit, after re-reading this post, much of the feeling is lost in putting the words on