⏰Monday of the Twentieth Week of Ordinary Time 2 (20 August 2018 – Memorial of St. Bernard)

📖Ezek 24:15-24; Deut 32:18-19, 20, 21 (R.v.18b); Matt 19:16-22

May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you (2 Cor 13:13).

God created everything good for us (Gen 1:31) and he wills that may reap good fruits of all he had made. All that we need to enjoy this favour is to be with God. So forget about your worries in life and seek God. He shall not disappoint you.

The young man that came to Jesus to inquire what he must do to gain eternal life (Matt 19:16) was obviously a devoted churchman. He was always at Mass, received Holy Communion very often and makes fatty donations to the Church always. But he lacked the most vital quality that would have allowed God to come in – detachment. We need to let go in order to let God in.

The ‘letting go’ that we talk about here is a thing of the mind. It, in fact, means priding God above all things. The Israelites gloried in their temple but did have equal respect for God whose house the temple ought to be. God warned that the temple would be taken away from them (cf. Ezek 24:15-24).

St Benard was able to able to transform the Abbey of Clairvaux into a center of renewal and holiness because he took after Christ and lived a life that was focused and devoid of pretence. How do you live your life today?

My dear, if we leave God and chase after other things, we may lose all. I encourage you, in this new working week, seek the face of God and wait to see what God would do in your life.

Have a successful week ahead. Peace be with you.

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