6 November 2019
Avoid getting into debt, except the debt of mutual love. If you love your fellow men you have carried out your obligations. All the commandments: You shall not commit adultery, you shall not kill, you shall not steal, you shall not covet, and so on, are summed up in this single command: You must love your neighbour as yourself. Love is the one thing that cannot hurt your neighbour; that is why it is the answer to every one of the commandments.
Great crowds accompanied Jesus on his way and he turned and spoke to them. ‘If any man comes to me without hating his father, mother, wife, children, brothers, sisters, yes and his own life too, he cannot be my disciple. Anyone who does not carry his cross and come after me cannot be my disciple.
‘And indeed, which of you here, intending to build a tower, would not first sit down and work out the cost to see if he had enough to complete it? Otherwise, if he laid the foundation and then found himself unable to finish the work, the onlookers would all start making fun of him and saying, “Here is a man who started to build and was unable to finish.” Or again, what king marching to war against another king would not first sit down and consider whether with ten thousand men he could stand up to the other who advanced against him with twenty thousand? If not, then while the other king was still a long way off, he would send envoys to sue for peace. So in the same way, none of you can be my disciple unless he gives up all his possessions.’
None of you can be my disciple unless he gives up all his possessions
We live in a world where the attraction of the material world is very evident in our lives. There is a desire to want to accumulate as much wealth in our midst so that we can achieve the aims we so desire. Financial planners often ask the question, “Where do you see yourself in ten years time?” They use that question as the starting point for the planning of how much financial resources is needed.
We should take the same effort that people spend on planning their financial resources to plan for our eternal reward. Jesus is asking us to get ready for the next stage of our lives – the end of our life on this earth and the entering into the next. We can do so by receiving the Sacraments regularly and also to nourish ourselves with scripture readings. There should be periods of time set aside for reflection on whether what we are doing is in line with what God is calling us to do.
I ask that we take away 20% of the time we spend on our mobile phones and instead spend it on reflecting on the Word of God and in prayer. Mobile phones usage are spent either watching shows or playing games. Perhaps we can look for spiritual videos that can edify us on our commutes. This will allow us to understand the challenges which we face in our daily lives and to accept them with patience and faith.
(Today’s Oxygen by Nicholas Chia)
Prayer: Heavenly Father, let us follow you in faith and love, trusting the plan you have for us.
Thanksgiving: We give thanks for all who suffer persecution.