June 12, 2021

I have this friend who had been in an alcoholic marriage and went through a very difficult divorce.  She once told me that she landed in that mess because her “picker” was broken and that she needed to get it fixed before she could make any other major life decisions.  This was very unusual language, but I understood her meaning immediately.  Her “picker” as she called it – the capacity to discern and make decisions – had been damaged by some traumatic experience and had atrophied as a result of a lack of use over the years, rendering her incapable of choosing the good and thriving as a human being.  We too have “pickers” that, like hers, affect everything we do in life, but in order to think clearly and choose well, it is vitally important that we look to Jesus, the “picker” par excellence, who made the definitive decision to enter into Jerusalem (Mt 21:20-11), to accept the heavy burden of the Cross (Mt 26:42), and to hand over his earthly life to his heavenly Father (Lk 23:46).  Indeed, by meditating upon and adopting the patterns of the life and journey of Jesus, we too shall reclaim that core part of our souls that is responsible for thinking and choosing and in so doing adopt a constant habit of picking that leads to eternal life.  Ave Crux, Spes Unica!

2 thoughts on “June 12, 2021

  1. Amen to this! I completely understand the “picker” word. Many of us have “picked” the wrong person to Trust instead of putting our TRUST in GOD! Let us continue to pray for our humility.

    Peace my brothers,


  2. Yes agreed. A broken picker, I want to say, is the nature of original sin. That is, our ability to discern good and evil has been damaged (think of the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil and Gen 3) and thus we must learn to trust a power beyond our own ability (this is the wisdom of twelve step groups that use the language of “higher power”). We call this one the living God, who is Lord and our Father, and who gives us his son, the Word, who becomes our picker (he is the “wisdom of God” after all – 1 Cor 1:24) so we can spend our time, our very lives, communing with our Beloved!

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