6th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A
There was a man who was admitted into a monastery. He had a real desire to grow in holiness in order to experience peace. However, there was a problem. The people around him were not perfect and they disturbed his growth in perfection. He thought that if only he could get away from those imperfect monks, then he could be holy and happy. He therefore asked the abbot if he could become a hermit. The Abbot, however, said no to his request explaining that in order to be a hermit, one must first learn how to live in a community. Nevertheless, the young man persisted and because he was causing such a problem in the community as he blamed all the others for his lack of perfection, the Abbot agreed to allow him to live as a hermit. Joyfully the young man headed up to the hermitage and was singing a happy tune while he placed his merger possessions in his new place. Clumsily, he knocked one of his jars off the shelf and in anger he quickly looked around to see who he could blame. It was then that he realized that he was the problem for his lack of peace. In humility, he came back to the monastery.