Let us not become too comfortable within this world but remember that we are on a journey, and our destination is not of the flesh but in the spirit.


Monday of the Eighteenth Week in Ordinary Time
http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings/081720.cfm
Ezekiel 24:15-23
Deuteronomy 32:18-21
Matthew 19:16-22
Let us not become too comfortable within this world but remember that we are on a journey, and our destination is not of the flesh but in the spirit. We must begin to live more for the Kingdom of God than for anything in this world. Whoever has much may be tempted to accumulate things, but to no advantage or benefit to himself or others. An individual may seek to buy a car that costs twice as much as a standard dependable car, but this brings us to no great benefit. Man must be able to leave all things behind in the end, but not only this, he should also seek to have little of his own and accumulate little in the first place. Many waste much on comforts and luxuries that are unnecessary and could have been used and shared with others who have less. Remember that the Lord is watching and knows all the sacrifices you have made, therefore do not become gaudy but keep to yourself and let God reward you instead of compliments and praise of men. Christ asks everyone, not just to follow the commandments, but to leave everything behind, and in this manner each of us must live within the heart. We should never walk away excessively sorrowful, but faith must keep us from sinking low as if we had no hope. Mourning for the dead is a natural response for everyone when they lose somebody dear to them, yet everyone must pass from this world in order to enter into the next. When man lives for the greater things of heaven, then his life is well ordered. Walk by faith and not by sight, you have been created by the God for a much greater purpose than to live for the empty promises of the world. Instead seek the Kingdom of God and all things will fall into place. The Lord always provides with what the world cannot.

Published by Ernest I.

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