At a recent football game, one of the photographers for the College of St. Scholastica athletic department caught me with my “game face” on. The photo captured me with a look of purpose and determination on my face. I can only imagine what I was doing in this moment. Maybe I was heading somewhere to talk to one of the players or I was thinking about the upcoming kick-off. Whatever the case, it appears that I was pretty focused.
Last week I was reminded about Jesus’ game face. In Luke’s Gospel we read that “when the days drew near for him to be taken up, he set his face to go to Jerusalem” (Luke 9:51). In other words Jesus put his game face on. Jesus was getting himself ready for the defining moment of his ministry. As Jesus journeyed to Jerusalem he had laser-like focus on fulfilling the mission that was given to him by his Father.
The look on Jesus’ face said a lot about what was in his heart. He was centered on the will of God and determined to do everything in service of God. He was focused on bringing the reign of God into the world!
The look on our face can say a lot about what is in heart, too. Obviously, when my picture was taken that Saturday afternoon, my heart and mind were focused on the football game. But what about other times? In my day-to-day existence, what does my face reveal about the contents of my heart?
I hope that when people see my face that they will understand that my heart is filled with love and joy. I want people to see that my joy comes from God and his actions in my life. I want my true game face to be focused on God and be a reflection of God’s love!
What about your true game face?
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Sister Lisa Maurer was born and raised in Sleep Eye, Minnesota. Before entering the Monastery in 2007, she taught and coached in Catholic Schools within the New Ulm Diocese. Sister Lisa Made her Perpetual Monastic Profession in July 11, 2012. Her first ministry as a Benedictine Sister was working at the parishes of St. Lawrence and St. Joseph in Duluth. Currently she is Director of Mission Integration for the Benedictine Health System.