Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Transitory life

In this passing life, with all the ups and downs of coincidences and happenings and our own human failings, it is good and consoling to remember Christ’s consoling but infallible words: “To those who love God all things work together for their good” or as the Jerusalem Bible translates it: “We know that by turning everything to their good God cooperates with all those who love him” (Rom. 8:28). 

You know in this life if we constantly fix our eyes on creation we can’t help being disappointed since they are all passing and transitory.  We must imitate the lives of Jesus and the Saints who were always enlivened by their constant prayer and recourse to God Almighty who alone can strengthen our lives while we face the various trials or challenges in life. We must realize that God is our final destiny so that all our actions and desires must be in accordance with His Almighty will and commandments.  Such an assurance will then be a source of  our strength and comfort as we face the various trials and disappointments in life.  We know that after all is said and done we will have to give an account to God who is our final destiny and end.  He alone gives us the final reward or chastisement for our words and deeds in this transitory life. 

To God therefore be all honor and glory!  God’s word keeps reminding us: “Brothers, this is what I mean: our time is growing short.  Those who have wives should live as though they had none, and those who mourn should live as though they had nothing to mourn for; those who are enjoying life should live as though there is nothing to laugh about; those whose life is buying things should live as though they had nothing of their own; and those who have to deal with the world should not become engrossed in it.  I say this because the world as we know it is passing away” (1 Cor. 7:29-31).

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