Readings on 31st January 2021: Deuteronomy 18:15-20 & 1 Corinthians 7:32-35
Today’s readings reminds us to acknowledge the anxieties of the world but focus solely on the presence of the Lord. ‘Focus on the Lord and not the load’ as Father Orbos puts it.
As we walk in to the second month of 2021 the problems we face continues. For instance, the pandemic, though we now have different vaccines available the number of cases remains. Another thing is our own personal worries that are usually caused by external matters. Money is one of the main culprit.
Money is not evil but it can be a source of evil. In most cases money can bring out two different outcomes, greed or generosity. I think that the true colours of people can come out when they acquire huge sums of money. Those who have pure intentions and big hearts become more generous and compassionate. However, those who are immoral and inconsiderate become more selfish and heartless.
Both of these outcomes doesn’t only affect the person who’s greedy or generous. No. It affects everyone around them. For instance, those who are dominated by greed can make life harder for the people around them. An ignorant boss who asks his employees for tasks way beyond their job descriptions without offering better pay. This may be because they don’t want to lose any of the money they have. Thus, extending these money worries to their employees, such as not having enough to last a day, week or month.
On the other hand, on the different side of the spectrum, we have people who help others through lessening these financial strains. Those who follow this life quote:
“When God raises your standard of living, raise your standard of giving.”
Our life doesn’t only revolve on money, although it may feel like that sometimes. We should always remind ourselves of the other important people and things in our lives.
The present is a blessing that not many people take advantage of. Not many people are blessed with it either. So, let’s not be one of those people who throw away the present like it’s nothing. Let’s be people who use our hardships and money as a way to help others. Let us allow money and hardship to run through our lives with less value to our faith.
Allow yourself to be present and bring with you the presence of love, joy and God always.
REFERENCES: Daily reading - https://bible.usccb.org/bible/readings/013121.cfm Holy Mass - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oTL_2edSlSM Homily - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZSNBKCfMACc