ARE YOU RICH?

Monday 19th October – Monday of week 29 of the year

Reflection: Luke 12:13-21

ARE YOU RICH?

I could possibly guess what your answer would be to the question above, but I would not try to. The first question you may want to answer is what is the definition of the word “rich”? Or you may ask yourself, what does it mean to be rich? Looking at today’s gospel reading you will find God’s own perspective of the word “rich”. You will be amazed to discover that what God may regard to be “true riches” is different from what man may think it to be.

Frankly speaking, is there anything wrong in being rich in the worldly sense of it? The answer is definitely NO. However, many people have allowed their riches to trap their souls to the extent that their whole being revolves around their possessions. Also, many people keep on storing riches whereas people are hungry and languishing in misery around them. This was the fault of the “rich fool” in today’s reading. He trusted in his riches so much that he forgot that his life and happiness did not depend on them but on God. True riches lies not in physical possession but in you union with God. How rich your relationship with God is what determines how rich you really are.

As children of God, we should use our riches to glorify God. All we have and all we are proceed from God, therefore there is no reason to boast. Let us go out today and use what we have to bless others. God will surely replenish you in unquantifiable measure.

PRAYER: O Lord give me the grace to be a blessing to all around me. Amen.

KNOW YOUR FAITH: CCC 2536: “The tenth commandment forbids greed and the desire to amass earthly goods without limit. It forbids avarice arising from a passion for riches and their attendant power. It also forbids the desire to commit injustice by harming our neighbor in his temporal goods”

HIDE A TREASURE: “Do people gain anything if they win the whole world but lose their own life?” Mark 8:36 GNB

Today’s readings: Romans 4: 20-25; Lk.1:69-75 (canticle); Luke 12:13-21

THE PRICE OF PERFECTION

Monday 25th May – Monday of week 8 of the year

Reflection: Mark 10:17-27

THE PRICE OF PERFECTION

Good Master, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” (Mk 10:17)

The question the young man asked as he ran up to Jesus reveals his thirst for holiness. There is a blessing in longing and striving for betterment, in making oneself a sheep that gets out of the mud rather than a pig that stays on in it. However, as today’s gospel shows us, to thirst for holiness is not enough, we must also be ready to pay the price. All men desire greatness but only few are ready to give what it takes.

When our Lord proposed to him the ordinary way of salvation, namely, keeping the commandments, the man was dissatisfied; he sought for something more perfect; but, when the perfect way was proposed to him, the way of renunciation: He went away sad because he had great wealth. Such response shows us that one can have an earnest desire for God, but be unwilling to tread the path of true holiness.

Beloved, always remember: “The way of perfection passes by the way of the Cross. There is no holiness without self-renunciation; no salvation without Calvary and no crown without a cross. Thus, our path to holiness as Christians demands that we detach ourselves from earthly things. It is a path of total self-giving that calls us to die to our own desires and cling to God’s purpose for us. Jesus, tells you today: “If you wish to be perfect…go and sell everything you own and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; then come, follow me.”. What is standing in your path to perfection? Let go of it today!

PRAYER: God give me the grace to always walk in the light of your presence and never to depart from you, so that eternally I may reign with you in heaven. Amen

KNOW YOUR FAITH: CCC 2015 – Spiritual progress entails the ascesis (the exercise of self-discipline) and mortification that gradually lead to living in the peace and joy of the Beatitudes

HIDE A TREASURE: “We cannot please God without putting our human and fleshy desires to death” Romans 8:8 CCB

Today’s Reading: Sirach 17:20-28, Psalm 32:1-2, 5-7, Mark 10:17-27