GOSPEL LIVING

Friday November 16,2018

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II John. 4-9   Ps. 118:1-2, 10-11, 17-18   Luke 17:26-37

26 As it was in the days of Noah, so will it be in the days of the Son of man.  27 They ate, they drank, they married, they were given in marriage, until the day when Noah entered the ark, and the flood came and destroyed  them all. 28 Likewise as it was in the days of Lot -- they ate, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they built, 29 but on the day when Lot went out from Sodom fire and sulphur rained from heaven and destroyed them all -- 30 so will it be on the day when the Son of man is revealed. 31 On that day, let him who is on the housetop, with his goods in the house, not come down to take them away; and likewise let him who is in the field not turn back. 32 Remember Lot's wife. 33 Whoever seeks to gain his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life will preserve it. 34 I tell you, in that night there will be two in one bed; one will be taken and the other left. 35 There will be two women grinding together; one will be taken and the other left." 37 And they said to him, "Where, Lord?" He said to them, "Where the body is, there the eagles will be gathered together."
Meditation: There is only one thing that is required in human life, for its thrive and success and ultimate salvation. That is t=nothing else but the command to love, the commandment of love.
It consists in going to extra heights in the process of love, so much that one loses even his life, subliminally for the sake of Christ alone. The First reading begins with an exhortation to strictly follow the truth and St. John appreciates that some are doing it worthily.
The gospel makes it much more clear and takes to further miles, by saying that one who tries to protect his life would lose it and on the contrary one who loses his life, not by trying to lose it simply, but in the process of helping others and lifting them up, he is caught unaware of not having a life of his own, but has lost it, will save it for eternity.
It is a common scene that in some houses we come across some people who have forgotten to live their lives, since they were uber-busy in discharging their responses to their family. They even forgot that they too have a life. Some people are even seen as remaining unmarried, since they offered their lives for their siblings and their well-being. But, unless and until, they had that purity of intention and clarity of channeling everything to God, they can’t just devour that subliminal love, although they have lost their own life.
So, losing one’s life alone doesn’t matter, but losing one’s life, for god, in accordance with the commandments of God, would be happy at heart, as the Responsorial Psalm says: they are happy who follow God’s law.” Let’s cherish this drive in us and align ourselves in such an orientation to God.
Today let us specially pray for the Press, since it is the “National Press Day” (in India) and pray that they may all work together for the well-being and the prosperity and peace of the people and helping the nation in growing towards tolerance of all, since it is also the “International Day for Tolerance and Peace.”
Bro. Fidelis