Tuesday 23 June 2020

Wednesday of Week 21 Year 2

Have you ever been lazy in your life? Some could be lazy in doing house work, and this could result in an unkempt appearance or a messy house, which then could attract unwanted creatures such as rats, mice, snakes, cockroaches, centipedes and other nasties. Some could be lazy in office work, and this could cause one to fall behind in their deadlines and workloads, and could even lead to one losing his or her job. Some could even be lazy in caring for their health, thinking that one is in the pink of health, and this could lead to serious complications later in life, and could even lead to an untimely death. Laziness can come in many forms, but it is laziness in our prayer life, in our spiritual life and in our relationship with God which we need to watch out for.

In today's reading,  St Paul cautions us: "In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, we urge you, brothers, to keep away from any of the brothers who refuses to work or to live according to the tradition we passed on to you. You know how you are supposed to imitate us: now we were not idle when we were with you..."

When we are lazy or idle, we begin to neglect many things, including our spiritual life. We think that we are fine, but the truth is we are not that fine. We sometimes hear the saying: "an idle mind is a devil's workshop." When one has too much time in one's hands, is lazy and does not utilise the time properly, one could begin to waste time doing frivolous or unnecessary things, some of which could lead one to commit even more serious sins. Are we guilty of being lazy or idle? Are we using time wisely? Do we realise the consequences of being lazy?

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