In the midst of July, many of us are fortunate enough to have some time for a summer vacation. We plan a trip with the family or go to visit friends. We may drive, fly or take a train. Summer vacation is something that many people look forward to and is something that has been ingrained in us since we were children. Vacation is something that is part of our culture. Many movies are about travel and vacation, from the old Bob Hope movies to Chevy Chase going cross-country on a family vacation to Wally World to more spiritual journeys, such as Martin Sheen walking the Camino de Santiago in Spain in the movie “The Way.”
Vacation is something that all of us need from time to time, to recharge the batteries and relax with family and friends. There is an excitement that comes from going somewhere different, even if it is a place you have been before. And the journey itself can be just as interesting as the destination.
The journey is also a way to describe our spiritual lives. We are all on a journey back to our heavenly home, and we are invited to live our lives with this destination in mind. The Christian life is one of pilgrimage, of seeking to return home to God. We are given a roadmap in Scripture, in the teachings of Jesus, to help us live lives of integrity and justice. We are called to live lives of faith, hope and love.
As we continue our summer vacations, let us be mindful of the journey of faith. While summer is a time for relaxation and vacation, it can also be a time to renew our faith. Through prayer, through service, through spiritual reading, we can take some time to grow deeper in our faith and understanding of God’s call in our lives. Let us be rejuvenated in our pilgrimage of life and follow Christ more closely in a life of loving service.
n The Rev. Jeremy Dixon is a minister of Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Sermon Notes is a column by local religious leaders.