Friday 12th September – Friday of week 23 of the year
Reflection: Psalm 84: 3-6, 12
One of the best words that describe our life here on earth is the word “pilgrimage”. Our life can only have its full meaning when seen in the light of its origin and summit: that our life is a participation in time, of a cycle of eternity and that we came from somewhere and we are heading somewhere. When we fully come to the realization that we are not on earth as permanent residents and that our lives neither began nor would end here, then our attitude to living would be better.
Against this background did the Psalmist live his life. A life with its focus on the summit of the pilgrimage. The Temple, which pre-figured the heavenly Jerusalem, was the summit of the desires of all upright hearts. Their hearts longed to be in it, they marvelled at its splendour and would walk several kilometres just to be within the temple.
As believers, we must live daily in this realization: our life here is a pilgrimage. Our end is the city of God. Our duty is to set our heart on our end; to walk steadfastly, and to help others along the way. This is our life’s duty: to walk the path of salvation set before us, to urge others on, to bring others unto the path and never to judge.
We have an imperishable crown to win and a kingdom to inherit. Let nothing deter you!!!
PRAYER: Lord, keep our hearts steady in your love and our feet steady on our pilgrimage. May we who long and labour for your kingdom, come to its joys that never end. Amen
KNOW YOUR FAITH: CCC 1785 – In the formation of conscience, the word of God is the light for our path; we must assimilate it in faith and prayers, and put it into practice. We must also examine our conscience before the Lord’s cross…
HIDE A TREASURE: “I drive my body and train it, for fear that, after having preached to others, I myself should be disqualified.” 1 Corinthians 9: 27 CCB
Readings for today: 1 Corinthians 9: 16-19, 22-27; Psalm 84: 3-6, 12, Luke 6: 39-42