The month of May is always packed with a bunch of activities. Weddings, graduations, and other end of the school year celebrations keep us running from one thing to another. So the month of June brings a welcome relief from some of the busyness. June also signals the beginning of vacation season. It’s always nice to take some time to get away from home and spend some time relaxing with family or friends. Perhaps it’s an opportunity to travel to a far away destination and experience the culture of a foreign land. Maybe we get a chance to visit an important historic site throughout our great country. It could just be a one day trip up to Cedar Point or Lake Erie. Sometimes just a couple of days spent at home, without the schedules of work or school, can be the very best vacation we can have. Whatever it is, a vacation provides a much needed opportunity to recharge and reload. It reminds us that there is more to life than the hectic schedules of everyday life. We might get the chance to reconnect with our loved ones and catch up on what’s been going on. It could provide the opportunity to read a great book we’ve had sitting on the shelf for a long time. No matter what we do or where we go, we all recognize the need for a vacation every now and then.
There is, however, one area of our lives that we should never take a vacation from: our relationship with God. No matter where we go or what we do, God is always there with us. At work, home, school, or vacation, God loves us so much and cares for us so greatly that he will never abandon us. Sometimes this fact is hard to accept or understand. We see a loved one struggle with medical problems and we wonder where God is. We lose our job and can’t pay our bills and think God has abandoned us. We pray and pray for peace in our world but God seems to ignore our prayers. Sometimes it seems that God has taken a vacation from us, but Jesus assures us that the Father always hears and answers our prayers. Just as a loving parent always listens and tries to do the best for his child, God is the perfect parent who always listens to us and provides us with what we need. Sometimes we are not perfect children. Sometimes we do not listen to what God is trying to tell us. Sometimes we do not want to hear his voice because we know he is going to tell us something that will be hard for us to hear. No matter what the circumstances may be, we must have faith that God will never leave us alone. He will never take a vacation from his children.
I hope and pray that everyone gets a chance to take a vacation this summer. I also pray that we never take a vacation from God or think that he has taken a vacation from us. May God bless you and keep you safe during the summer months.
The Rev. David J. Cirata is associate pastor at St. Paul Catholic Church.