February 13, 2022
In this first reading Jeremiah is addressing the people who had been unfaithful to God.
He tells them of the consequences if they turn from God and continue to turn to worldly things. But in spite of the warnings of Jeremiah, they did not turn back to God.
Eventually they ended up as slaves in a pagan foreign land.
Perhaps the message to us is that we are to enjoy this world and its goods, but at the same time we need to remember that we are not to disregard others.
We are to share with our neighbor, with others. That can mean sharing our patience, our mercy, our goods, etc.
Paul wrote this letter to the Corinthians who had been influenced by some of the pagan beliefs which did not believe that the body was something that would have eternal life.
He encouraged them to remember the resurrection of Jesus Christ, body and soul and the promise of eternal life.
Part of our journey in this life is to see our own spiritual selves; that is part of the purpose of our struggles, our difficulties, our lack of faith at times, our inability to love the other, even the enemy.
Just remember that our God is a God of great love and mercy and forgiveness. But in order for God to work in our lives we need to see our own failures, our sins, and ask God for that mercy and forgiveness which He will always give.
Sometimes we like to think that we don’t sin very much or we don’t sin at all.
But by refusing to see our sinfulness we miss out on experiencing the great love and mercy of our God.
Saint Luke gives us the story of the beatitudes where Jesus talks about those who are blessed, those who are on the way to eternal life.
It is so easy to think that these are not for us.
But in reality they can also be for each of us. It is so easy to think we are somehow cheated if we are poor, if we are sad, if we are meek, if we are hungry etc.
But in reality the beatitudes are not just in material things, but also in spiritual things.
All of us on our journey to eternal life will experience the beatitudes in our own life. Will we see them as a blessing that can lead us to eternal life, or will we think as the world suggests...
Have no problems in your life.
Don't be poor, meek, etc.
The Beatitudes tell us something else...the truth.