From the Word of the Day
Whoever seeks to preserve his life will lose it, but whoever loses it will save it. (Luke 17, 33)
Again today, we have gotten up, washed, dressed, had breakfast, and gone to work, to school, to university; we have gone toward everyday things and perhaps toward some novelty. But, if we should die today? Would everything be lost, ended? Jesus invites us to be ready, vigilant, and with faith for our encounter with God. We need to stop a moment; the daily routine can involve us so much that we cannot think; consumerism and individualism can make us believe that life is all here and we are not able to grasp its deep meaning.
We need to be ready, but this does not mean changing occupation. It deals with an interior attitude. The way we carry out our daily occupations is the way we wait for or do not wait for the Lord. If we do everything we do with Him, we are waiting for Him. If our life is a continual gift to Him in service to our sisters and brothers, we will be happy when He calls us to be with Him forever. Only the people who have been able to give themselves completely to others feel themselves fulfilled in life. Those who lose their life are the ones who keep it only for themselves. Jesus’ counsel is the confirmation of the deepest human experience: the source of life is found in giving one’s life. Giving we receive.
Lord, we do not fear death; nothing surprises us, because nothing is by chance for those who have the certainty that not even the greatest suffering, the worst failure, can separate us from God’s love revealed in You, our Savior, Christ Jesus.
The voice of Pope Francis
On the cross we need to lose all in order to win all. This is the place where we sell everything to buy the precious stone or the field with the hidden treasure. Lose all: whoever loses their life for Me will find it…it is not an obligation but an invitation…an invitation to ‘all or nothing’. (March 19, 2015)