I am a Hobo for Christ.
I heard those words for the first time last weekend when my friend Jessica and I drove from Phoenix to Altadena, California for the 1st annual St. Catherine of Sienna Catholic Women’s Conference. Like any good attendee, I had done my research on our keynote speaker, Meg Hunter-Kilmer, a thirty-something traveling Catholic missionary on fire for Jesus and Catholicism.
But surely, she lives somewhere, right?
The answer to that is no.
All of her worldly possessions travel with her in the car as she goes from place to place, state to state, country to country sharing the Gospel, the Catholic Faith and Jesus with everyone she meets.
She is the best speaker I have ever heard.
I chatted with her at the conference and I could have sworn she said she was going to be in the Phoenix area in about a month. On the drive home, I added her as a fb friend and sent her a message.
Me: “Hey sister! So lovely to meet you this weekend:) I know you said you were maybe traveling to PHX in the next couple months. I’d love to chat with my parish to see about a talk. We would love to offer you a bed …”
Meg: “Sure! But it might be too late notice for a talk–I think my only real option is this Friday/Saturday. But if they’re up for it, let’s do it!”
Me to Jessica in the car: “Um, I totally had that wrong. She’s going to be heading this way on FRIDAY.”
That Holy Spirit sure is something, huh?
We were unable to to get a talk going at our Parish, but Jessica and her husband graciously offered to host a dinner and talk for families at their home.
Ya’ll it was beautiful and crazy, because, in typical Catholic fashion the adult to kid ratio was like 1:5. One of my friends (I can’t remember who) likened this gathering to one you might find during Apostolic times. When the apostles were traveling from town to town sharing Jesus Christ with everyone.
That comparison really hit home for me. Modern day apostles and disciples with one thing in common: an intense all consuming love for Jesus Christ.
And, you guys, Meg LOVES JESUS SO MUCH that she even agreed to come to our Sisters in Christ and Men’s Fellowship the following morning at 6:00AM (that is SIX O’CLOCK IN THE MORNING ON A SATURDAY, PEOPLE) and give a talk. A talk that was short but WOW did it pack a punch.
Lives were changed this weekend, of this I am certain. Including my own.
“Stop trying to understand and know what God’s will is for you and just seek God.”
These words spoken by Meg took my breath away as I processed them. If I had a nickel for every time I whispered this prayer to God: “Please Lord, lead me, tell me what I am supposed to do to please you. Tell me Lord, please. Just tell me what your will for me is.”
It’s been right there in front of my face the entire time. Here I was basically demanding that the Lord tell me what to do. When all He wants me to do is love Him. Love Him and the rest will follow.
Coincidentally (or not), yesterday’s daily gospel reading included this passage from Luke:
25 There was a scholar of the law* who stood up to test him and said, “Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?”
26 Jesus said to him, “What is written in the law? How do you read it?”
27 He said in reply, “You shall love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, with all your being, with all your strength, and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself.”
Since I’ve returned to the Church, I have been basically obsessed with what I should be doing to bring others closer to God. To know how best to share God’s love with others so they might know the joy and peace that I know. In my quest to do all the things, I skipped one very important step. I missed the whole “love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, with all your being, with all your strength and with all your mind” part of the equation.
With all your heart.
With all your being.
With all your strength.
With all your mind.
Do I love God? Yes.
Do I love him with all my heart, with all my being, with all my strength and with all my mind? I think I have some work to do on that.
To love Him is to Know him.
So what does this look like? How does one get to know God? How does one get to love God more? I don’t know the perfect answer to that but here’s what I’m going to do:
- At least one day of fasting each month. Imma going to start little with this one.
- Read scripture everyday. For me that means making a point to read the daily mass readings.
- A little journaling.
- A whole lot more talk time with Jesus – – specifically including more gratitude in the talk time.
- One holy hour per week.
- One rosary per day.
- Learning. Learning more about my faith, about Catholicism. Reading to understand Jesus and to love Him more. NOT reading books whose sole purpose is apologetics or evangelization.
This might seem like A WHOLE LOT OF STUFF. But really, is it? 1 hour per day total time is what we’re looking at here. I will find one hour per day to spend with the one who gave me this awesome and crazy life.
In conclusion, I wanna give a big giant THANK YOU to Jesus for sending Meg Hunter-Kilmer our way. And, of course, a thank you to Meg. Thank you for your example, thank you for your words, thank you for following the Holy Spirit all over the world to bring others closer to Him.