Monday, February 27, 2017
(Ecclesiasticus 17:24-29; Mark 10:17-27)
As the fish perishes on the dry land, so you perish when you get entangled in the world and wealth. The fish must return to the water – you must return to the solitude.
Yesterday we began to get immersed into the spirit of Lent that is characterised by prayers, fasting and alms giving. In fasting and alms giving we learn detachment. Jesus told us that we can not be attached to worldly things anf be attached ti heavenly things.
It is interesting to see some people what they want in life. Some want health; success; freedom; independence; riches, etc.
How many would say this: I want to find meaning in life.
How many would want to know what is their purpose in life.
Or, I want to be the person that I am created to be.
That can be the question for our reflection. What kind of person do I want to be?
Do I want to be a deceitful person, a greedy person, a nasty person, a selfish person, a wicked person?
Or do I want to be a loving person, a generous person, a compassionate and caring person, a trustworthy and honest person?
Such a question is essentially a question of identity.
Because in answering the question, we begin to ask about who we really are, why we are created, and what is the meaning of our existence.
All those questions point to a turning back to God, which is in essence, a repentance. Returning inside our heart, the seat of God.
As the first reading is clear in saying, to those who repent, God permits return, and He even encourages those who are losing hope.
We need to remember that amidts all the frustrations if life, losing meaning and hope in life, God is always near us with open arms ready ti come to our aid so long as we trust in him. Putting our trust in the wealth is being fish on dry land.
We may keep all the commandments even the eleventh one but if we do not have love for the poor, they mean nothing. We will not be judged by how much wealth we will carry to heaven upon our death, in any case not even the clothes we wear, but we will be judged by how we were charitable to Jesus who come to us wearing poverty, having no clothes, having ni shelter, having no food or water, been in jail or hospital. That is the Jesus inviting us to be with Him in those unfriendly places so that you follow Him in the king dinner, heavenly banquet.
St. Theresa of Lisieux, pray for us.