Scripture Reading: Mark 9:42-48

I once met a man who believed he was everything a woman would ever want; he had good looks and so much wealth that he felt he was in control of every situation. He met this very simple lady who he loved so much and wanted to marry her. But all she asked of him was to live simpler life, a life without so much riches but filled with much love, peace and happiness. He refused because he could not imagine a life without riches. This young man never found anyone as good as the simple lady and he remained single and unhappy all his life.

The world we live in today is filled with all sorts of material attractions, but we must always remember that the top item on our preference list should be the salvation of our souls.  Because our lives are in Christ Jesus, who sits in heaven, we must set our minds on and let our attitudes be determined by things above. We must view and evaluate everything from an eternal and heavenly perspective. Our goals and pursuits should be centred in Christ Jesus, including resisting sin. Hear St. Paul, “Therefore, put to death what is earthly in your life: immorality, impurity, inordinate passions, wicked desires and the greed which is idol worship. These are the things that arouse the wrath of God.” (Col. 3:5). Christ is telling us today “…If your eye makes you lose your faith, take it out…” (Mk 9: 45-47)

As believers in the Lord Jesus Christ, we recognize that heaven is our home so we resist the temptation to hoard or treasure earthly possessions that will fade away. “Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things” (Colossians 3:2). Before we knew Christ, we set our minds on everything the world views as valuable. But once we give our hearts to Christ, there is an immediate recognition of the fading value of material things. Through the knowledge and presence of the Holy Spirit, we begin to desire greater heavenly rewards more than the earthly ones. As persons who have encountered Christ, we cannot purse earthly treasures at all cost like unbelievers. We cannot indulge in some unholy practices because we want to make money. “Those who trust in their riches will fall, but the righteous will thrive like a green leaf” (Proverbs 11:28).

MASS: GREEN/WHITE ST ROBERT BELLARMINE, B.D (OPT MEM) 1 Cor 15:1-11 Ps 118:1-2.15c-17.28(R.1a) Accl Mt 11:28 Gospel Lk 7:36-50

Prayer Points:

1.         Lord God, detach me from earthly treasures that I may find joy in your Kingdom.

2.         O my Jesus, grant me the grace to keep my heart detached from the transitory things of this world. You are my only treasure, for You are infinitely more precious than all other possessions.

3.         Help me that I may despise the nothingness of this world and make You the object of all my desires and affections. Amen.

4.         Pray for the success of our Evangelical and Charity programs all over the world.

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Meditation: Matthew 16:26