11th Sunday in Ordinary Time
2 Cor 5:6-10
And when the crop is ready, he loses no time: he starts to reap because the harvest has come
I have had people ask me why I continue to be a Catholic, in light of what has happened to the Church in recent years. These friends of mine remind me that to stay faithful to God takes an act of faith. Surprisingly, even though they are non-believers, they are actually correct. What keeps me going, in light of all these events, is my faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. The readings of today remind us of the need to stay faithful to Christ and that the reward will be coming to us, not in this world, but in the next.
St Paul reminds us in the second reading of today that having faith in the Lord Jesus is what keeps him going on earth. Our actions which we do on this earth should be a manifestation of the faith which we have in Christ. This means that we should always take stock of what we are supposed to do in our lives at regular intervals. Focus on the Lord Jesus and ask Him if all our actions and behaviour are directed towards the purpose which He has for us.
Our time on this earth is limited. The first parable in the Gospel reminds us of the finite time we have on this earth, and that we are have to be mindful of how we use the time before us. We will be called for an account of the time which we have and it is at this juncture which we must not be found wanting. As we continue in our journey in life, let us seek God’s guidance to help us make decisions that are prudent and practical.
(Today’s OXYGEN by Nicholas Chia)
Prayer: Heavenly Father, we pray for your guidance and love to help us in our journey on this earth.
Thanksgiving: We give thanks for the many chances we have received to learn life’s lessons.
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