Scripture Reading: Matthew 6:19-21
Brethren, many of us are very distracted by the things of the world. Some start their day checking their mails and phones for inbox messages and missed calls rather thanmeditating and reflecting on how many missed calls and messages were sent from heaven through dreams, inspirations and first thought. I appreciate the difficulty focusing on God at all times. It could be very difficult for failures are bound to occur. Why?! Well, I think it has to do with what we allow into our lives that can distract us from God. Thomas Kempis said, “The interior man prefers the care of himself to all other cares; and he who diligently attends to himself is easily silent with regard to others.” (Imitation of Christ, bk. 11,5,2)Not all of these things are “bad” in their nature…in fact, a lot aren’t, but they become a problem when we allow them to distract us from focusing on the essence of life, Jesus Christ.What are those things that distract us from God and what can we do to avert them?
1 Money: We all need it to live in this world, but we most often forget that we are pilgrims in this world.: St. Matthew reminds us “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” (Matt. 6:19-21)
2 Media: This is probably one of the biggest distractions for many of us right now. Our concern here is the Internet, Television, Movies, Music, Video games, Newspapers, Magazines…all of it. The key to overcoming the media is to be wise in what we watch, read, play, etc, and how much time we spend on it.
We should always be willing to give it up, and quite honestly, some of the things we indulge in (in the media), we need to give them up. If a thing is filthy, no time should be given to it no matter how attractive it may seem! St. Teresa says, “Life passes so quickly that we ought to think more of how to die than to live.”
MASS: GREEN Rom 12:5-16a; Ps 131:1.2.3; Accl Matt 11:28; Lk 14:15-24
- Thank the Lord for His word today.
- Pray for mercy for the times you have allowed worldly things to distract you
- Lord Jesus, You are the goal of all our desires, the satisfaction of all our longings, and the end of all our work. Help me seek and find You in all that I do, in Jesus name
Meditation: 1Timothy 6:10