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4 Aug, Sunday – Minimum is Maximum

4 August 2019

Christ Who is Everything And In Everything

Today our thoughts are on heavenly things, not on the things of earth where without Christ all is vanity and great injustice. 

– The Sunday Missal

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Ecclesiastes 1:2,2:21-23

Vanity of vanities, the Preacher says. Vanity of vanities. All is vanity!

For so it is that a man who has laboured wisely, skilfully and successfully must leave what is his own to someone who has not toiled for it at all. This, too, is vanity and great injustice; for what does he gain for all the toil and strain that he has undergone under the sun? What of all his laborious days, his cares of office, his restless nights? This, too, is vanity.

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Colossians 3:1-5,9-11

Since you have been brought back to true life with Christ, you must look for the things that are in heaven, where Christ is, sitting at God’s right hand. Let your thoughts be on heavenly things, not on the things that are on the earth, because you have died, and now the life you have is hidden with Christ in God. But when Christ is revealed – and he is your life – you too will be revealed in all your glory with him.

That is why you must kill everything in you that belongs only to earthly life: fornication, impurity, guilty passion, evil desires and especially greed, which is the same thing as worshipping a false god; and never tell each other lies. You have stripped off your old behaviour with your old self, and you have put on a new self which will progress towards true knowledge the more it is renewed in the image of its creator; and in that image there is no room for distinction between Greek and Jew, between the circumcised or the uncircumcised, or between barbarian and Scythian, slave and free man. There is only Christ: he is everything and he is in everything.

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Luke 12:13-21

A man in the crowd said to Jesus, ‘Master, tell my brother to give me a share of our inheritance.’ ‘My friend,’ he replied, ‘who appointed me your judge, or the arbitrator of your claims?’ Then he said to them, ‘Watch, and be on your guard against avarice of any kind, for a man’s life is not made secure by what he owns, even when he has more than he needs.’

Then he told them a parable: ‘There was once a rich man who, having had a good harvest from his land, thought to himself, “What am I to do? I have not enough room to store my crops.” Then he said, “This is what I will do: I will pull down my barns and build bigger ones, and store all my grain and my goods in them, and I will say to my soul: My soul, you have plenty of good things laid by for many years to come; take things easy, eat, drink, have a good time.” But God said to him, “Fool! This very night the demand will be made for your soul; and this hoard of yours, whose will it be then?” So it is when a man stores up treasure for himself in place of making himself rich in the sight of God.’

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So it is when a man stores up treasure for himself in place of making himself rich in the sight of God.

How do you measure success? Each one of us has a different perspective of what success is. Some may say that if you own a house, a car, and travel most of the time, then you are successful. I don’t have my own house. I don’t drive my own car. And I don’t travel. Do I feel unsuccessful? I don’t. I can’t exactly describe how I am feeling, but I can say that I am happy and content. I am taking a new path in which I feel fulfilled. The salary is not that much, and it is not even enough to pay my bills. Why do I choose to continue this career? Because I feel that it is the right thing to do. My current compensation is one-third compared to my previous job. Thank God I am frugal and I was able to save some money from my previous work in order for me to pay my bills for the next few months. There is some fear in me because I don’t know how long my savings would last. But I know God will help me find ways because He knows that I am working hard.

Some may describe that what I do is charity. I do like the sound of it. I am currently a faculty in a community college. There are people asking, why not go to a university? Why…? I also ask myself the same thing. For me it doesn’t matter if I am in a community college or in a university. For practical reasons, I chose the community college since it is near my home. All college students have their common goal – to graduate and to earn their degree.

I left my corporate job because I felt that I could no longer do anything more for them. The toxicity level was getting higher and my personal values were being compromised. Going back to the question, why not go to a university? If everyone goes to a university, who would stay in the community college? With everything being so fast-paced, I am hopeful that I can reach out to the students in our community college. I have this personal goal that I will be able to teach their minds and touch their hearts, so that it will eventually transform their lives. I pray to God that He blesses whatever choices that I will make. I also pray that whatever I do, it will lead me to closer to Christ.

Who does not need money? We all need it to buy all our necessities and to pay for our bills. With all the things that my family is facing, I left the job that could help pay our debts. I am not suggesting that you also do the same. It depends on the situation.

Why do we do things that we do? Is it to please others or to please God? What do we do when we have more than enough? Do we keep it to ourselves or do we share it with others?

(Today’s OXYGEN by Beryl Baterina)

Prayer: Father God, please guide my heart to desire only what you want for me.

Thanksgiving: Thank you Father, for all the graces that you have given us.