Friday of the 24th Week in Ordinary Time
September 22, 2017
Indeed, religion with contentment is a great gain.
For we brought nothing into the world,
just as we shall not be able to take anything out of it.
If we have food and clothing, we shall be content with that.
Those who want to be rich are falling into temptation and into a trap
and into many foolish and harmful desires,
which plunge them into ruin and destruction.
For the love of money is the root of all evils,
and some people in their desire for it have strayed from the faith
and have pierced themselves with many pains.
But you, man of God, avoid all this.
Instead, pursue righteousness, devotion,
faith, love, patience, and gentleness.
Compete well for the faith.
Lay hold of eternal life,
to which you were called when you made the noble confession
in the presence of many witnesses.
We see in today’s reading not to seek God and religion for self-gain. If we see in today’s World most of the People follow God, not because to change the World in truth and love but to Make God a Genie to fulfil their hearts desires. Where these desires come from, they come from love of money. If they do not get these desires all kind of Quarrels, fights, envy, jealousy and even murder takes place. The love of money is the root cause of all evil. The people who are poor in Spirit or people who truly love God because of his love for us do not care the riches of this World and ready to sacrifice their entire life for the Gospel values and live in poverty, Chastity and Prayer are the people of God what St. Paul says in his reading. They spend their entire life in service of others.
In the second reading Jesus was helped with necessary things by the Women who were his Disciples. If We can understand and imitate Jesus, who is the Son of God, from all things were created cared damn for the Worldly riches but gave great values for the love and Sacrifice in whole life and lived with those values and died in it. If we are Christians we must imitate him in his life. The Gospel values must be lived with self-contentment by giving thanks to God for what we have and if we seek the Gospel or word of God to claim the Blessings for our selfish desires to run a rat race to compete with the pagan World then the Gospel values do not remain Gospel but the values are corrupted or misinterpreted for selfish use. This is happening among many of the Gospel preachers and listeners of today. Our God has become a Evil Genie who satisfies their Evil desires.Let us not be deceived with these kind of preachers or people who seek a false values .