The word “distracted” most literally means to be drawn or pulled aside. When distracted, we lose our focus and may act improperly, unwisely, or incorrectly.
The commercial below depicts a young man trying to play a video game while eating. The results are comical and destructive inside the video game world.
The cosmic battle in which we are engaged, however, is no game, and our distractions can have real effects. Scripture says of Jesus, As the time approached for him to be taken up to heaven, Jesus resolutely set out for Jerusalem (Luke 9:51). St. Paul says, But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus (Phil 3:13-14).
Along the way in our lives we are too easily distracted. Remember the goal; remember the battle. Pray for the gift to be resolute and singlehearted.
Behold, then, this picture of distraction.
*Image: Statues of Sts. John Fisher and Thomas More (both canonized in 1935) flank the names of forty martyrs of the English Reformation canonized in 1970 [Church of Our Lady of Victories in Kensington, London]