November 5th Readings Reflection: Saturday of the Thirty-first Week in Ordinary Time
“In his riches, man lacks wisdom” - seems to me the more honour or power or wealth or pleasure we have access to the more our fallen nature is vulnerable. The religious who willingly divest and renounce these things do not do so because they’ve mastered their fallen nature, but because they radically seek something greater by way of a radical avoidance of such alluring lies that come from such things. As you say they are not evil, and yet with a fallen nature it is very difficult to deal wisely with those things that are as such passing.
Human beings are wired to have a master in their lives. Lust is what attaches us to the things of the world (cf. 2Peter1:4). It is an aspect of the law of sin within us that needs to be dealt with by God. This inordinate attachment to things is what enslaves us to them. They are our masters until we draw close to God for His strength and peace. We trade masters when God becomes our master. He frees us from our slavery to things. When we cast all of our care on Him, we are casting away the lust that enslaves us to them; then, we give God an opening to fill us with His grace. Paul’s contentment came from God; therefore, he could work with both deprivation and abundance concerning the things of this world.
Well said. Your last sentence says it all!
“May we always strive to serve God first and never allow any earthly things to take His place in our lives.” Well said! Thank you for the reminder today. 👍