12 October, Monday — Staying true to one’s calling

Monday of Week 28 in Ordinary Time

Gal 4:22-24,26-27,31-5:1
Lk 11:29-32

Stand firm, therefore, and do not submit to the yoke of slavery.

The purpose of life has always been pondered upon by many people. In this difficult time, this is brought to the fore as people re-evaluate their purpose in life. I have had colleagues choose to return to their home country as they have discovered that what truly mattered to them is their family, and not career advancement. This is the same in our spiritual life. The readings of today remind us that we need to remember our purpose as a Christian.

St Paul reminds us that we are supposed to stay close to God and that God had already freed us from the yoke of sin. Indeed, all of us are called to a life of communion with God, but the pleasures of the world often distract us. Sometimes it could be the worries of the world that make us lose sight of God. It is easy to get lost in the challenges of this world, but I believe that we can stay close to God, who will guide us as to how to live our lives.

As we begin the week, let us take time to ask God to show us the purpose He has given us in our lives. Let us enter into deep prayer with God and reflect on where our lives have taken us so far, and how we can continue to walk in the path which God has created for us. May God grant us the patience and grace to accept the will He has for us.

(Today’s Oxygen by Nicholas Chia)

Prayer: Heavenly father, we pray for the grace to know what your desire for our life is and that we respond generously.

Thanksgiving: We give thanks for all who support those who are lost.

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