Audio Readings September 12, 2012 Wednesday of the 23th Week in Ordinary Time

1 Corinthians 7:25-31;Psalm 45:11-12, 14-17 Luke 6:20-26

The Most Holy Name of Mary

“The world in its present form is passing away.” (1 Corinthians 7:31)

No wonder it’s hard to feel the same sense of urgency that Paul and the first believers had! It has been almost two thousand years since Jesus promised he would return soon, and the world still seems to be here, just as strong as it ever was. We have no idea when the Second Coming will occur. And until it does, we can’t stop buying groceries, sup­press all of our emotions, and avoid all the people around us.

So how can we fulfill our daily responsibilities in this world and still keep our eyes and hearts fixed on the world to come?

One way is to look at all the little things in life that can help to remind us about the joys of heaven. Jesus himself used everyday experiences as springboards to illustrate the life that was to come. For example, he com­pared the Holy Spirit to something as natural as the wind. He used stories about farming, family life, and even home economics—and he did it in simple, everyday language.

Try it yourself. See if you can iden­tify some of the simple elements of your life that can remind you about God’s greatness. For example, you could make it a point to offer a prayer of heartfelt thanks before every meal. This is a great way to remember that the One who provides us with food wants to give us spiritual nourish­ment as well.

Or maybe, when you wash your face in the morning, let it remind you of the way Jesus has washed you clean in baptism. Or when you see your husband or wife or a close friend, let the blessings of that rela­tionship give you a glimpse of how deeply Jesus loves and treasures all his people.

We have made only three sug­gestions, but the possibilities are endless. There are so many earthly ways that can help remind you that heaven is your true home. Try taking up this practice, and it will become more and more natural for you to keep heaven in your sights, even on the busiest days.

“Lord, I know that your kingdom is more important than anything this world can offer. Help me to focus my heart on you above everything else.” ~WAU




About gemdk

I am a cradle Catholic who made my first Holy Communion over 5o years ago at All Saints Catholic Church in Houston,TX in 1961. Went to Mass every Sunday as a child and teen and then young adult. Fell away for about 12 years in the late 80's, early 90's and then realized what was missing in my life was my Catholic upbringing and faith. Found my home at Sacred Heart in Crosby. Filling up the void I had for those 12 years in more ways than I can imagine, loving every minute of it. But this blog is not about me as much as it is for me and anyone who wants/needs to hear the word of God. I'm merely the instrument God uses to post the readings.
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