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Of worldly pleasures and treasures

The story is told about a lawyer who was cross-examining a wife who was accused of putting poison in her husband’s coffee. “Was there a moment when you felt sorry for him?” There was silence, and then the wife said: “Yes… when he asked for a second cup.”

In today’s Gospel (Mk. 17-30), Jesus felt sorry for the man who was good, but could not follow Him because he had many possessions. Jesus looked at him and loved him, and wanted to be with him, but the rich man chose worldly riches and possessions above his Lord and Master. Isn’t that often the story of us all?

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“And he went away sad…” This is how the story ends for those who choose the world over the Word. An unhappy ending. Let us not miss our chance for true greatness. Let us not make choices that we will regret in the end. “Let go, and let God.” Try it. It is not easy, but it leads to true freedom.

It is when we let go and let God that things fall into place, and peace comes to our hearts.

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Nausea is a constant companion for us who go through chemotherapy. What’s worse than that? The constant greed and corruption of our government officials and leaders who hold on to ill-gotten possessions and profitable positions, and families perpetuating dynasties with no shame, all in the name of public service. That’s really nauseating.

Cancer, or any sickness, or any experience that makes us slow down or become still, are reminders from God that our life is just lent to us, and that we carry nothing and no one with us when we leave this world, except the love we have shared, and the faith in our hearts. Man, be not proud.

Christmas is just around the corner. It’s time to do some sorting and disposing of excess and unnecessary luggage in our hearts and in our hands. Selfishness imprisons us, but love sets us free and makes our journey light and bright.

As of this writing, the P1-billion-plus Ultra Lotto jackpot prize has yet to be won. Lotto money is a lot of money, and can lead to a lot of worry and misery if not handled with wisdom and love. Same with all other worldly riches and possessions. Let not our possessions possess us. Let not our worldly riches stress us. Let not worldly fame and popularity mislead us.

Notice how the world is in constant search for affirmation through worldly possessions, achievements, titles and recognition? Notice, too, how social media is all about being liked or disliked? Please remember that our greatest affirmation is that we are assured of God’s love, assured by the love of family, and a few good and real friends. Really, we don’t need followers, admirers and fans.

Think about this: “Your value doesn’t come from your looks, from your car, from your school, from your bank accounts, or from your last name. It comes from God who created you from nothing, who saved you from your sins, and who qualified you for life everlasting.”

If you find it difficult to let go, try P-A-E-W-A-N. That is, Pray About Everything, Worry About Nothing. It also means Pray About Everyone, Worry About No One. That’s right—“Ewan” (“I don’t know, but I trust in You, Lord!”). “Ewanan” (“I leave everything and everyone in Your heart, Lord!”).

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Oct. 21 is World Mission Sunday. There is a big world “out there” that has not yet heard or accepted the Good News of our salvation. We all should do our mission to spread the light. Let us continue to support and pray for our missionaries. One with you in prayer and in mission.

A moment with the Lord:

Lord, help us not to become prisoners of worldly pleasures and treasures. Amen.

jorbos@inquirer.com.ph

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