Household reflection June 2015

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Life in the 21st Century has programmed us to understand and expect a life of ease. Not that wanting
everything to be easy is a crime but what is more difficult to understand is that today we expect to receive abundant blessings with minimal rewards. Going a step further we feel that something for which one has to strive for, or struggle for is not worth perusing. This holds true in our faith journey also. G.K. Chesterton once quipped, “The Christian ideal has not been tried and found wanting. It has been found difficult, and left untried.” The greatest danger of our times is that we succumb to mediocrity, specially in our relationship with our Lord, not because our love for Him has decreased or our desire is the wrong things but simply because we are not willing to commit, not willing to pay the price.

Our commitments define who we are; it affects the decisions we take.

“We make our commitments, then our commitments make us. Once they are chosen, many other choices follow as a matter of course.” Once we commit to follow Jesus, many other decisions in life must fall in line or we overturn our prior commitment. As St Thomas Aquinas said, “the things we love tell us what we are”

Many of us are ‘serving’ the Lord or doing many things for His Kingdom because of various selfish motives.To ascertain if we are truly committed we may have to boldly say, “Though the fig tree does not bud and there are no grapes on the vines, though the olive crop fails and the fields produce no food, though there are no sheep in the pen and no cattle in the stalls, yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will be joyful in God my Saviour.” Habakkuk 3:17-18. In very simple terms Christian commitment means a relationship, which is not affected by feelings and emotions but solidified by decisions.

Prepared by the Jesus Youth International Formation Team. Illustration: Jacob Jose

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