THURSDAY, SECOND WEEK OF EASTER
Acts 5: 27-33; Ps 34: 2, 9, 17-20; Jn 3: 31-36
CHOOSE FRIENDSHIP WITH GOD!
Kids often do things to please their parents; youth, to please their peers. As adults, we do things to bring happiness to our family and friends. Hence, to a certain extent, we could even say that we find meaning in living for others. Well, striving to please others is indeed a good thing, except when it is done for selfish motives and personal benefits.
We face this question in today’s readings: Whom do you wish to please? Being people of faith, our desire must be directed at pleasing God. But as St James puts it in his letter, “…friendship with the world is hostility towards God.” The ideals of the culture we live in and the parameters of entering heaven are at loggerheads with one another. Knowing this, we have a very significant choice to make that is powerful enough to change the direction of our life.
The saints chose God as their sole joy, and wished to please him. Consequently, they suffered at the hands of the world. However, despite so many courageous examples to follow, one might ask, “There’s only one life, should I shun the joys this world offers for a seemingly sad and boring life?” The Church does not teach us so. It gives us the freedom to live a fun-filled happy life, but exhorts us to walk each day with Christian ideals as the light to our path. A constant examination of our fidelity to these values will keep us close to the Beloved of our soul, without taking away from us the joy of living.
To live such a balanced life, one needs to move forward with an unshakeable conviction that our real home is in heaven. This home is the kingdom where Christ reigns. And all who believe in him have their inheritance there.
“For those who love, nothing is too difficult, especially when it is done for the love of our Lord Jesus Christ!” – St Ignatius of Loyola
Response: The lowly one called, and the Lord heard him.
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