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Saturday, 01 July 2017 13:16

REFLECTION

BY FR. ROY CIMAGALA

WE need to learn this skill, this art. We have to feel at home with this possibility. This was what Christ clearly told us.

“Amen, I say to you, there is no one who has given up house or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or lands for my sake and for the sake of the Gospel who will not receive a hundred times more now in this present age: houses and brothers and sisters and mothers and children and lands, with persecutions, and eternal life in the age to come.” (Mk 10,29-30)

In fact, he rounded all these intriguing remarks by saying that “many that are first will be last, and the last will be first.” (Mk 10,31) This is part of the mystery that Christ wants us to live with and to live by. We should stop fretting whether these words are worth following.

Let’s always remember that Christ’s words hold what is objectively true, good and beautiful for us. More than that, they are what can bring about our salvation, of which we are in great need. They are what would lead us to our eternal destination of heaven.

If we bother to study the lives of saints, then we will see how these words are indeed effective. We should try to give more attention to saints than to media-hyped idols and celebrities, since the former truly give more authentic witness to our life’s true character than the latter.

It’s not that we have to reject our parents, the family, our business and other earthly affairs we have. Our Lord himself commands us to honor our parents and to subdue the earth. We just have to learn how to love our parents and to get involved in our temporal concerns properly.

That means that while we have to love our parents and others as much as possible and get seriously immersed in our earthly affairs, we just have to see to it that our heart and mind are solely for our Lord, that our motives are nothing other than love for God and love for others which should go together.

We should not be afraid to go through the required sacrifices and self-denial, since these can only lead us to the joy and peace meant for us. We need to do better than a shallow and narrow view of our earthly life, a knee-jerk reaction to things.

Detachment does not remove our involvement and engagement in our earthly and temporal affairs. It simply puts them in the right context and the right direction. It frees us from unnecessary baggage. It improves our vision and understanding of things, and predisposes our heart to the real love which can only be a sharing in God’s love.

We therefore should not have superfluous things, creating needs that are really not needs, and thereby generating attachments that can be a hindrance in one’s relation with God and with others.

Together with this call to detachment, Christ is telling

us to be fruitful in this life. “Much will be required of the person entrusted with much,” he said, “and still more will be demanded of the person entrusted with more.” (Lk 12,48)

It’s a call to generosity that he has reiterated many times, like in the parable of the talents, for example, as well as in the parables of sower and the seed, the tenants in the vineyard, and the different images he taught about the Kingdom of God. We need to trade and make a gain and an increase of what we have received from God.

Our fruitfulness will depend on our proper detachment from things so we can be filled with nothing else than God himself and his power, wisdom and all other good things in abundance.

This is when we can truly gain by losing!