Join us as we reflect, ponder, and pray together inspired by today's Gospel.
Today's Gospel: Luke 17:26-37 - Memorial of Saint Frances Xavier Cabrini
When Adam and Eve sinned, they were banished from God’s presence. God set angels in place to guard the Tree of Life; man was now distanced from God, but not sentenced to an eternity of separation. Our earthly death is the gift of a merciful Father. The struggle of daily life, and our acceptance of death, has become the measure of faithfulness and love freely given. It is our path to God’s heart. And Christ came to lead the way.
In today’s Gospel, we read these familiar words of our Lord: “Whoever seeks to preserve his life will lose it, but whoever loses it will save it.”
Jesus was known for turning our world upside down with His teachings, and we must live by His words. It’s so easy to get sidetracked by the luggage and labor of our days, but if we focus too much on the trappings of earthly life, we’ve not comprehended the consequences of sin, and we’re confused about why we were created. Jesus recalls the days of Noah, “they were eating and drinking and giving in marriage”. Are these bad ways to spend our time? No, of course not, as long as God is always the source and center of our thoughts and actions. We have to stay focused on the Holy Trinity and the pursuit of eternal life. Once we consecrate our lives to Christ, we can’t long for the things of this world. Lot’s wife did that, and she perished.
We should emulate the ambition of St. Paul who says, in his letter to the Philippians, “forgetting what lies behind but straining forward to what lies ahead, I continue my pursuit toward the goal, the prize of God’s upward calling, in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:13-14).
What are the distractions (i.e., worries, heartaches, desires, complaints, addictions, etc.) in my life that keep me from focusing completely on God?
I ask for the courage and grace to walk by faith, and to yearn for God’s Will. Heavenly Father, teach me to “lose my life,” and live entirely in Your presence. Amen.
Copyright 2020 Charlene Rack
About the Author
Charlene Rack grew up in the "heartland," moved south to Cincinnati, married a Catholic man, converted to Catholicism, and had three children. Along the way, she's planned many mission trips, youth groups, and pilgrimages to the March for life for teens and young adults - all carried out with her goofy sense of humor and her enthusiastic sense of adventure. Read her blog at Grandma’s Coffee Soup.