20th September 2022
Prov 21:1-6, 10-13
The Gospel of the Day presents Jesus exhorting to make a choice for God’s Word in one’s life and to tune one’s conduct in accord with the Will of God, in order to be graced and blessed by Him.
One of the primary focus of Jesus, in His teachings as well in His life, was to shift the focus from the mere peripherals of life.
Often, we are deeply prejudiced, limited, caught-up, with the external factors of life.
We are unable to transcend just material dimensions. This applies to any of the aspects in life.We get stuck with our own customs, cultures, languages, races, castes etc, and fail to move beyond them and see the possibilities of cherishing and nurturing these differences. We remain fixated in our own mentalities, conditioned set-ups and set patterns of lifestyles and fail to recognize that life can be greatly celebrated by valuing others opinions and adopting a lifestyle in tune with God’s Will.
This principle Jesus also applies to his own material and physical relationships. He defines a new understanding of familial relationship and bonding: A relationship based on those who “hear God’s Word and do It” (Lk 8: 21).
What a wonderful invitation this is, Jesus says, that we can be part of His family… be His own!
This is a lovely invitation extended to each of us. Shall we not welcome this invitation with glad hearts and follow the exhortation of the Lord – to Hear His Word and to Live It?”
The book of Proverbs reminds us: “Every way of a man is right in his own eyes, but the Lord weighs the heart. To do righteousness and justice is more acceptable to the Lord than sacrifice!” (Prov 21:2-3).
Let us seek to move beyond the peripherals of life and focus our attention on the higher and important demands of life.
The Lord’s assurance is with us, “Seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness and all other things shall be added unto you” (Mt 6: 33)
The one who makes a choice to live by the Word of God, receives blessings galore – spiritual and material.
… Spiritually, with gifts and graces to love the Lord more and live a life in deeper union with Him
... Materially, with a grace to be satisfied with the needs of life and trusting on the Providence of God
Let us make a choice, not simply for worldly desires, instead choose the “Good Book” of God’s Word and live it in our lives.