Saturday 19 July 2014

Wednesday of Week 23 Year 2

At some point in our life, we may have heard of the words: "don't go looking for trouble." In Malay, the approximate translation is "jangan cari pasal." What these words basically mean is we should not be reckless or trying to be a bravado. Instead, whatever we do and whatever state of life we may be in or we may be thinking of getting into, we should consider the consequences and weigh the costs. Some questions which may come to mind are: "Is this worthwhile?" "Do I want to be in this situation for the long term?" "Is this what I really want in life?"

In today's reading, St. Paul advises us: "About remaining celibate, I have no directions from the Lord but give my own opinion as one who, by the Lord’s mercy, has stayed faithful. Well then, I believe that in these present times of stress this is right: that it is good for a man to stay as he is. If you are tied to a wife, do not look for freedom; if you are free of a wife, then do not look for one. But if you marry, it is no sin, and it is not a sin for a young girl to get married. They will have their troubles, though, in their married life, and I should like to spare you that."

What Paul is trying to tell us is basically this: be faithful, contend, responsible, dedicated, and committed to the way of life you are presently in or chosen and soon to be in. Don't go "looking for trouble" by trying to run away or shirk from your duties and responsibilities in whatever way of life you have chosen. In today's world where some people prefer to live in a "touch and go" or "use and throw" mentality, we should be witnesses by showing others that it is possible to stay in a particular state of life, whatever that may be.

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