"What does it profit them if they gain the whole world, but lose or forfeit themselves?" Luke 9,25
Greed ! In the quietness of Lent lets think about how much are we affected by the rust of sin ?! It is important that we realise ourselves , that it is not only the desire for gaining , getting of material objects , that we have to curb , but we also have to put a stop to our sickly desires for wanting to be in the limelight , creating a sensation!! Apart for the hoarding of material goods often we would like to win the whole world’s admiration, recognition ! This is why we spend more-or less time in front of the mirror , distributing all sorts of images , writings of ourselves, building often not even noticing our own image , that we would then like to imprint on our surrounding as well! Our nature inclined to sin eager, greedy , often insatiable , we would like to win the whole world , but lets stop and think, whether what we achieve , gain does that benefit us ?
Jesus is urging us for a healthy self-love in this preaching ! Lets pay attention to ourselves , lets not keep folding the wrapping paper , lets not search for the glittering material resources visible to all or the fleeting fame , limelight, but in the holy time of Lent lets gather such treasure that are not eaten away by rust, or consumed by moth … Fulfilling our duties , lets do humbly all that , that is good , nice what God expects from us ! Lets bear fruit , lasting fruit , according to the will of our loving God !! Lets use the ephemeral possessions for getting Eternal treasures !
With love ,
translated by dr k.e.
Photo: A classroom for the children in Kenya , in a school run by Franciscan Sisters, where close on forty children are studying.
The Word of God
Jesus said to his disciples: "The Son of Man must undergo great suffering, and be rejected by the elders, chief priests, and scribes, and be killed, and on the third day be raised." Then he said to them all, "If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me. For those who want to save their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake will save it. What does it profit them if they gain the whole world, but lose or forfeit themselves?