Sunday 16 November 2014

Thursday of Week 1 Year 1

It is unfortunate and tragic when we come across people who decide to abandon their faith and belief in God over some matter or situation. But that is what could possibly happen, especially when a person has become so engrossed in the ways of the world and begin to think that they are self-sufficient, self-made and can do without God. This is something which we, as a Christian community should watch out for, as we shall see in today's reading.

In today's reading, we are cautioned: "Take care, brothers, that there is not in any one of your community a wicked mind, so unbelieving as to turn away from the living God. Every day, as long as this ‘today’ lasts, keep encouraging one another so that none of you is hardened by the lure of sin, because we shall remain co-heirs with Christ only if we keep a grasp on our first confidence right to the end." When a person seems to be doing well or having it good in life, the person may be tempted to enjoy life and seek out more ways and means to remain as they are, and they may forget themselves, forget others, and may ultimately even forget God.

Let us not forget that our life here on earth is only temporary, and we are merely pilgrims. What we enjoy is also temporary and when the fun ends, we will never be satisfied and become restless, until we find satisfaction and rest, as St. Augustine reminds us, in the Lord.

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