(Sixth day in the Octave of Christmas)
St. John wrote, “Do not love the world or the things of the world.
If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, sensual lust, enticement for the eyes, and a pretentious life, is not from the Father but is from the world. Yet the world and its enticement are passing away. But whoever does the will of God remains forever.” 1 Jn 2:12-17
You see, beloved, when we love the things of the world, it all leads to “self.” It leads to self-preservation, selfishness, jealousy, argument, disagreements, fighting and war. It leads to death. Satan and his world love death. But God loves LIFE. When we can learn to love God, then we can begin to see God in others. Then instead of fighting for self, we begin living to GIVE to others – ALL that we have and all that we are. And the more we give, the greater our lives become – both in the eyes of God and our fellow-man. And that ‘greater’ means – happier, healthier, hopeful and productive – in a heavenly sense.
Jesus showed us this “Way.” A way of living in thanksgiving for even the least or little that we have. A way of living a life of love and forgiveness of others. A way of living for Giving. A way of living LIFE to the full – the way God had intended us to live from our very creation. And all of that brings us HOPE.
As we bring another year to its close, spend a few moments, beloved, to think of ALL we have to be thankful for. And then think of those who might not even have a roof over their heads or a meal to eat. How can we make THEIR lives better?
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