A Living Spiritual Plan
Every business has a mission statement and a strategy. These are used to define the company’s goals, ethics, and culture to create a successful business. There is also a business marketing plan which outlines a strategy for reaching a goal. In a rapidly evolving economy, the business plan can’t be fixed. It has to be constantly reviewed to deal with all the changes in the marketplace. The plan is called a living document. It means that it has to be under constant review and reworked for businesses to deal with all the changes in the market. As things change, the plan also changes. This keeps the business on track in a volatile economic environment.
In the Liturgy we also have a living document that is a plan for dealing with our spiritual life in an ever changing and rapidly evolving world. It is called the homily. The homily is an explanation of some aspect of the Scripture readings. The priest in the person of Christ breaks open the Word of God that was just proclaimed in the Liturgy of the Word and explains how it is relevant to the daily lives of the people. The homily provides a strategy or plan for dealing with the challenges of living a Christian life in today’s busy and hectic world.
The homily is a living document just as Scripture is a living text. Each Sunday it focuses on a different aspect of Scripture and the teachings of Jesus. Each Sunday we have new scripture readings and a new homily. They represent an update to our plan for dealing with the ever-changing events of daily life. The intent is to motivate the members of the community to reflect on the readings and apply the message of the homily to the events in their daily lives. The homily does not remain in the church. It is not a fixed document. It is a living document, alive and relevant and meant to be lived each and every day. We are sent forth at the end of Mass with an updated plan on how to live our lives.
Companies constantly revise and rework their business plans. It is essential because the marketplace is constantly changing. Each Sunday we are gifted with the Word of God in Scripture and a homily that is a source of continuing update to our plan for living our lives in a constantly changing environment.