Psalter: Week 3
11th Week in Ordinary Time
Ps 34:2-3, 4-5, 6-7
From all their distress God rescues the just.
1st Reading: 2 Cor 11:18, 21–30
Brothers and sisters: As some people boast of human advantages, I will do the same.
What a shame that I acted so weakly with you!
But if others are so bold, I shall also dare, although I may speak like a fool. Are they Hebrews? So am I. Are they Israelites? So am I. Are they descendants of Abraham? So am I. Are they ministers of Christ? (I begin to talk like a madman) I am better than they.
Better than they with my numerous labors. Better than they with the time spent in prison. The beatings I received are beyond comparison. How many times have I found myself in danger of death! Five times the Jews sentenced me to thirty-nine lashes. Three times I was beaten with a rod, once I was stoned. Three times I was shipwrecked, and once I spent a night and a day adrift on the high seas.
I have been continually in hazards of traveling because of rivers, because of bandits, because of my fellow Jews, or because of the pagans; in danger in the city, in the open country, at sea; in danger from false brothers. I have worked and often labored without sleep, I have been hungry and thirsty and starving, cold and without shelter.
Besides these and other things, there was my daily concern for all the churches. Who is weak that I do not feel weak as well? Whoever stumbles, am I not on hot bricks?
If it is necessary to boast, let me proclaim the occasions on which I was found weak.
Gospel: Mt 6:19–23
Jesus said to his disciples, “Do not store up treasure for yourself here on earth where moth and rust destroy it, and where thieves can steal it. Store up treasure for yourself with God, where no moth or rust can destroy nor thief come and steal it.
“For where your treasure is, there also your heart will be.
“The lamp of the body is the eye; if your eyes are sound, your whole body will be in the light. If your eyes are diseased your whole body will be in darkness. Then, if your light has become darkness, how dark will be the darkest part of you!”
The wisdom of old has taught us that money, fame and the glory of this world will never ever fill us. We know it but we refuse to believe in it. However, it is sadly true that when we put our hearts unto earthly things, we are bound to discover, sooner or later, that they can never satisfy us completely. Many times we ask, why? We are made for infinity. Nothing less will ever quench our insatiable thirst for something more. Let us not forget that we are spiritual beings bound to aspire for more than what the world can offer. Thus if we are to progress in the ways of the Spirit, we must live in this consciousness of pining for eternity, for heavenly aspirations, not least, pining for the One and True eternal God.
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