Monday 21st April – Easter Monday
Reflection: Psalm 16: 1-2, 5-11
THE PRIZE I SEEK
The life of man from cradle to grave is characterized by various pursuits. These range from basic daily needs to the satisfaction or accomplishment of his heartfelt future hopes and aspirations. Yesterday, he was in need of a University admission, today he craves for the best designer wear in vogue or the latest telecom device in the market. Tomorrow’s conquest is a constellation of a well paid job, a descent housing and a beautiful life partner with accompanying children…to mention but a few on his endless list.
Man seeks satisfaction and fulfillment in things and situations. Some he will endlessly pursue in vain for no man can have it “all”. Some will he capture to later discover the vanity therein (Ecclesiastes 2: 3-11; Luke 12:15). This is the riddle of the sublime and wisdom of heart must we all gain from this. He who desires ALL must seek ALL; and to seek all is to seek eternity which is found in nothing else but God alone. This wisdom the Psalmist found and proclaims to us in these words “O Lord, it is you who are my portion and cup. It is you yourself who are my prize”. To seek God is to seek the ultimate prize that can never be sought in vain (Jeremiah 29:13). For in it our hearts find ultimate fulfillment and peace.
Beloved friend, the testimony of the women (Mary of Magdala and Mary the mother of James and Joses) in today’s Gospel reading is an encouragement for you and I. They sought the risen Christ and He revealed Himself to them. Let us also seek God from the depths of our hearts. Until we acknowledge Him in our temporal desires and aspirations, we cannot have the ultimate fulfillment and joy our hearts crave for.
Prayer: It is You I seek, Lord Jesus; You are my eternal price loving God! Come reveal Yourself to me anew. Amen.
KNOW YOUR FAITH: CCC 27 – The desire for God
The desire for God is written in the human heart, because man is created by God and for God; and God never ceases to draw man to himself. Only in God will he find the truth and happiness he never stops searching for.
HIDE A TREASURE: “Indeed I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For His sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as refuse, in order that I may gain Christ” Philippians 3:8 RSV-CE
Readings for today: Acts 2:14, 23-33; Psalm 16: 1-2, 5-11; Matthew 28: 8-15