Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
August 10 A..D. 2009
Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:
2 Corinthians 9:6-10
Psalm 112:1-2, 5-6, 7-8, 9
A reflection on today's Scripture:
Whoever Loves His Life Loses It. . . .
Whoever loves his life loses it. That's just the spiritual truth. If we love and cling to the things of this world, if we cannot learn to let go, we can never free our grasping arms to actually hold onto what matters, to hold onto what is eternal.
Even very faithful people live much of their lives as though this life is the only life there is. Certainly there are matters that must be attended to -- matters of keeping body and soul together, obligations to family, friends, neighbors, and fellow countrymen. These cannot be denied. But they, too, must be put into perspective. If we allow those obligations to blind us to eternal life, then we will fail to serve properly all the needs entailed in those obligations.
If we do not have our eyes set on eternity, we are neither living this life nor are we set for the next. With eyes set on things of this world, we become blind to what really living is. We lose our lives in the multitude of details, in running the rat race, in keeping up with the Joneses.
When our sight is properly focused, clearly centered on the life to come, then we regain perspective. We can begin to see where what we do fits into God's plan and God's Kingdom here on earth. God will not fail to bless us regardless of how we live our lives, but with our gaze focused on the next dollar, we will fail to receive His blessing.
So, when we love this life inordinately, we lose focus. But when we focus, we begin to really love the gift that this life is, and our desire to make it better for us and for all increases. We begin to serve as Jesus served and we begin, finally, to live.
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Monday, August 10, 2009
Monday of the Nineteenth Week in Ordinary Time
St. Lawrence, deacon and martyr
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