Join us as we reflect, ponder, and pray together inspired by today's Gospel.
Today's Gospel: Luke 6:20-26
"It's not going to be like this forever."
That's what Jesus is telling his listeners in this sermon. Poverty, hunger, sorrow, and exclusion don't last forever. That's a consolation to those who are suffering now.
However, wealth, satiety, happiness, and the esteem of others don't last forever either. That's a warning to those who enjoy them now. What do this consolation and this warning have to do with us? They are both reminders that the only true joy is found in heaven. When we clutch at earthly joys, we cling to poor substitutes for the real thing. Rich or poor, hungry or full, happy or sad, famous or unknown and unappreciated: none of that is going to matter in the end.
What will matter is our willingness to let go of what we think we need, so that in His time God can fill our hands with what He knows we need.
Am I hanging on to earthly joys instead of opening my hands and heart to God's will for me?
Jesus, thank You for the words of comfort and warning You speak in today's Gospel. Help me to hear and carry out Your will for me.
Copyright 2022 Barb Szyszkiewicz
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Barb Szyszkiewicz, editor at CatholicMom.com, is a wife, mom of 3 young adults, and a Secular Franciscan. Barb enjoys writing, cooking, and reading, and is a music minister at her parish. Find her blog at FranciscanMom and her family’s favorite recipes with nutrition information at Cook and Count. Barb is the author of The Handy Little Guide to Prayer and The Handy Little Guide to the Liturgy of the Hours, available from Our Sunday Visitor.