Wednesday of the 23rd week in the ordinary time

Theme: Embrace detachment

In the 1st reading of today, St. Paul points out the fact that the appointed time is drawing near, and we should live our life in a way that shows that we are conscious of this fact. As much as possible we should try to be less attached to the things of the world that are temporal and will not endure forever. We have to learn to trust in God and make the best use of every situation that we find ourselves in life. This is very important because contentment will go a long way to help us appreciate what God is doing in our life at any point in time. Don’t aspire to be like other people, because you do not know their story and agreement with God. Their situation may look attractive externally to you, but strictly speaking, they may be carrying a cross that you will not wish to carry if you have an option.

My brothers and sisters in Christ, the admonition of St. Paul in today’s 1st reading is saying something to all of us as children of God. Paul is not advocating for poverty, he is simply saying that we should be detached from the worldly things God has blessed us with, lest they become an hindrance towards us attaining our goal; which is eternal life. One can possess wealth and still live as a good Christian in humility and service; it may sound difficult, but it is very possible. If not, Paul will not be presenting it to the church in Corinth and by extension you and I as children of God. The first thing is for us to resolve that we want to do it and we work towards achieving it, whatever is left and beyond our human strength, the grace of God will supply; when there is will, there is always a way.

Dearly beloved in Christ, if our goal is to attain salvation at the end of our life here in earth, then we have to continue to do our best to live a life that is worthy of the name Christian. Our quest for salvation is not an easy one, which is why Jesus tells us to enter through the narrow gate. It is a difficult journey, but it is achievable, because people have done it in the past and people are still doing it; so you can also do it. May God strengthen our resolve in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen. Peace be with you.

Wednesday of the 23rd week in the ordinary time, by Fr. Jude Ifeanyi Ifezime, C.S.Sp