Saturday 24th October – Saturday of week 29 of the year

Reflection: Romans 8: 1-11


What interests a man goes a long way to tell you about his personality. While some see life as a field for pleasure and self-satisfaction, others consider it as a pilgrimage during which they are to discover and live out the purpose of our creator. To both, their outlook on life will inevitably shape their life’s engagements and pursuits.

Today’s first reading calls us to examine our interests in life. Are we fascinated by spiritual things or carnal things? “It is death to limit oneself to what is unspiritual; …to limit oneself to what is unspiritual is to be at enmity with God: such a limitation never could and never does submit to God’s law” (Romans 8: 6-7). God’s laws are meant to direct our ways aright in life. To deliberately choose to live in opposition to them would amount to self-inflicted injury on one’s soul.

Beloved in Christ what drives your life? Is your life bearing godly fruits to the Lord’s delight? Today we are called to rededicate our lives to godly pursuits; to devote our youthful strength to the Lord’s service. Though this might appear unpopular in our secular age, it is the only sure guarantee to a life of fulfilment and peace. Let us make our delight in pleasing the Lord.

PRAYER: Fill my heart with a pure love of you Lord. Please dispel from me all yearnings and attention that do not honour you. Amen.

KNOW YOUR FAITH: YOUCAT 285What is eternal happiness?

Eternal happiness is seeing God and being taken up into God’s happiness. This happiness is the pure gift of God’s grace, for we men can neither bring it about ourselves nor comprehend it in its magnitude. God would like us to decide in favor of our happiness; we should choose God freely, love him above all things, do good and avoid evil insofar as we are able. 
Man is so great that nothing on earth can satisfy him. Only when he turns to God is he content. St. John Vianney

HIDE A TREASURE: “To set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace” Romans 8:6 RSV-CE

Today’s Readings: Romans 8:1-11; Psalm 24: 1-6; Luke13: 1-9


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