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HOW ARE YOU, GOD?
Our society nurtures indulgence and consumerism as a barometer of success. The more we consume, the happier we are supposed to become. This culture tends to foster a "me-first" instinct. What do I want? What do I need? Subsequently, selfishness may result. This instinct to consider our own selfish desires first needs restraint.
Compounding the issue is our national interest to increase consumer appetite. This will eventually translate into more jobs and more profits. On the other hand, less consumption by individuals, by promoting self-discipline, will result in a diminished economy. Balance is the eventual solution.
Each one of us needs to refocus on what our needs are and not what our desires are. The current downturn or correction is suggesting that all of us reconsider our priorities. What is absolutely important, moderately so, and what is dispensable?
In a recent celebration of the life of a wonderful man called home by the Lord, with family and friends present, a reflection by the man's son about his father was most touching. On one occasion when the father was asked to say grace before dinner, he paused and said, "And how are you, Lord? We always ask for ourselves, but I hope you're okay?"
Can we think of God first in all things as we begin our day and praise Him at night? Why not praise Him before every request and then ask for help if such a result would comply with His wishes. Why not surrender our lives in love and service to our God and then help Him build his kingdom on earth? Now we can be a part of the Lord's plan, His eternal design. We then will come to accept His will in all things.
An occasion of reflection will come to each of us, whether in a joyful moment or a sad one. This is the opportune time to refocus and direct our efforts at pleasing God by all we do. And how are you, God?
Father Vincent T. Kelly
PRAYER OF THE WEEK
Prayer for the Twenty-Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time
O God, who founded all the commands of your sacred Law upon love of you and of our neighbor, grant that, by keeping your precepts, we may merit to attain eternal life. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.