Friday, September 18, 2009

Another reading that has peaked my interest!

From the first reading for today here is again a reading which can be examined into our lives today.
September 18
24th Week in Ordinary Time
1st Reading: 1 Tim 6:2c-12
Those whose masters are Christians should not show less respect under the pretext that they are members of the church. On the contrary, they must give a better service since they are doing good works on behalf of believers and dear friends.
Teach and stress these things. Whoever teaches in some other way, not following the sound teaching of our Lord Christ Jesus and true religious instruction, is conceited and understands nothing. This one is crazy about controversies and discussions that result in envy, insults, blows and constant arguments between people of depraved minds and far from the truth. For them, religion is merely for financial gain.
In reality, religion is a treasure if we are content with what we have. We brought nothing into the world and we will leave it with nothing. Let us then be content with having food and clothing. Those who strive to be rich fall into temptations and traps. A lot of foolish and harmful ambitions plunge them into ruin and destruction. Indeed, the love of money is the root of every evil. Because of this greed, some have wandered away from the faith, bringing on themselves afflictions of every kind.
But you, man of God, shun all this. Strive to be holy and godly. Live in faith and love, with endurance and gentleness. Fight the good fight of faith and win everlasting life to which you were called when you made the good profession of faith in the presence of so many witnesses.

I especially like the line: We brought nothing into the world and we will leave it with nothing.
How many people do we know who are only worried about amassing wealth and material possessions, I guess even ourselves after close examination can say we are always concerned about how much we have. I guess after reading this passage it looks like the key to true happiness is there just obtaining it in today's society is next to impossible. Got to keep up with the Jones'

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