A few weeks ago I made it over to a friend’s house for his nephew’s confirmation party. We hadn’t caught up in a long time, so it was a good chance to see what each other is doing, and to remember the past.
Now, inevitably between us, the conversation always turns to one thing in particular. The deep-sea fishing trip. Yes, every time we see each other, we talk about getting some of the guys together for a deep-sea fishing trip. We’ve talked about it every year for the last 15 years. The conversation goes something like: “We gotta do that fishing trip.” “The fishing trip – definitely. Let’s do it.” That’s about as far as it gets.
But this time something different happened. You see, about 5 years ago, one of these fishing trips did happen. And on this day, my friend’s wife went up to bedroom and brought down the bucket of family photos. In all the pictures of my friend’s life, there, lo and behold, were all the photos of the one and only fishing trip we’ve ever done. There’s one guy holding 2 fish, another guy with the largest bass I’ve ever seen, there’s me with the only bass I’ve ever caught. And we’re looking at the photos and we’re laughing – and you know what, we’re getting inspired. All the memories are coming back and the juices are flowing and we’re ready to go tomorrow. Now we’re talking about where we’re going to stay, what weeks might work out. This time, it’s gonna happen.
There might be a lot of times in life when we make a good intention to do God’s fishing in life with Him. We have a good intention, but it never actually gets off the ground. It never gets beyond the noodle. We’re missing the inspiration that gets us going and turns it into action. We need memories of doing it before to get down into our soul and enliven our bodies.
We have to remember to be inspired.
This is where Mary comes with her bucket of family memories. In her rosary, she takes out the memories of her Son and His Life and shows them to us. If we spend time with them, her memories will be ours, too. Then we’ll have an inspiration that gets the juices flowing, that gets down into our soul and into our bodies, and turns our desires into action. We’ll be fishing partners with God.
Mary’s memories inspire.
Remember to be inspired.
And his mother kept all these things in her heart. And Jesus increased in wisdom and in stature, and in favor with God and man. (Lk 2:51-52)
Happy Solemnity of the Annunciation!