Monday 22 September 2014

Tuesday of Week 32 Year 2

Age, some may say, is just a number. Then again, age also means that one has been on this earth for a certain period. As we become older, we hope that we would have become wiser and closer in relationship with God. St. Paul in today's reading reminds us: "The older men should be reserved, dignified, moderate, sound in faith and love and constancy. Similarly, the older women should behave as though they were religious, with no scandal-mongering and no habitual wine-drinking." When we reach a certain age, we ought to be good examples and role models, especially to the younger ones. St. Paul tells us to "be an example to them in your sincerity and earnestness and in keeping all that you say so wholesome that nobody can make objections to it; and then any opponent will be at a loss, with no accusation to make against us." Would we want to be looked upon as grumpy or gossipy types, or are we making effort to grow closer to God, while encouraging others to do the same?

St. Paul reminds us of our purpose and primary focus in this world, "that what we have to do is to give up everything that does not lead to God, and all our worldly ambitions; we must be self-restrained and live good and religious lives here in this present world, while we are waiting in hope for the blessing which will come with the Appearing of the glory of our great God and saviour Christ Jesus." While we need to do our best to survive and prosper in this world, let us not lose sight of our eternal future. We are pilgrims here on earth, and let us be good examples to others, especially the younger ones, so that together, we may some day be with our loving God.

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