Are We Too Easily Pleased?


Just a short reflection here, brethren.

Does the following quote from C.S. Lewis disturb you?
Indeed, if we consider the unblushing promises of reward and the staggering nature of the rewards promised in the Gospels, it would seem that Our Lord finds our desires, not too strong, but too weak. We are half-hearted creatures, fooling about with drink and sex and ambition when infinite joy is offered to us, like an ignorant child who wants to go on making mud pies in a slum because he cannot imagine what is meant by the offer of a holiday at sea. We are far too easily pleased.
It disturbs me.

It disturbs me in the unique way that a well thought out critique from a good friend disturbs me. You know those moments, when a friend sees your wound, and as much as we try to tell them, "No, it's okay, I'll be alright," they insist on treating it anyway. We act similarly to the hero in an action movie - we face death and danger courageously, but wince when the leading lady cleans our wounds.

This quote from C.S. Lewis makes me wince - not because it is saying anything incorrect, rather, because it is speaking truth.

It moves me to ask myself - am I too easily pleased with things? Do I desire created things more than I desire the Creator Himself? Am I settling for less?

Even as a seminarian, I find myself being too easily consumed by things that will not satisfy. Some of my desires lead to limited pleasures and draw me away from infinite joy. My hope is to be disturbed by this quote in order to be genuinely moved by the "staggering nature of the rewards promised in the Gospels". May the promises of infinite joy knock me out of my comfort so that I might desire Heaven with all of my life.

These are issues of eschatological importance, brothers and sisters.

As we near the end of the liturgical year, and in parallel, as we await the Return of the King, maybe it is a good time to ponder what it is that we are truly pleased with.