Tuesday of the Twenty-Third Week in Ordinary Time
Malvern Minute

 

Tuesday of the Twenty-Third Week in Ordinary Time

September 10, 2019

Deacon Anthony J. Cincotta

Assistant Director for Retreat Ministry

Colossians 2:6-15

Psalm 145:1b-2, 8-9, 10-11

Luke 6:12-19

Have you noticed that the self-improvement industry which boomed in the 1970’s is still going strong?  Books have turned into blogs that share secrets about how to manage our time for ultimate efficiency, eating a healthier diet, exercising for optimum fitness, finding a “soul mate,” learning the best investment opportunities, even how to be happy.   Needless to say all of this can be very confusing.  I know there are 168 hours in a week therefore I can only do so much.  I suspect that if a sleep less I can accomplish even more and become an even better, more perfect person.  Right!

Today Saint Paul share with the Colossians the only self-improvement activities any of us need to know:  “As you received Christ Jesus the Lord, walk with Him, rooted in Him and built upon Him and established in the faith as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving.  See to it that no one captivate you with an empty seductive philosophy according to the tradition of men, according to the elemental powers of the world and not according to Christ.”

Friends, when we are continually drawn to (and at times obsessed with) self-improvement activities we can dig deeper to explore the motivation for improvement.  Is it to get a better job?  To look more attractive?  To improve one’s status?  It is important to reflect upon what purpose we are serving in our attempts at improvement.  Many times the answer to these questions can be difficult to face as our intention may not be grounded in serving God.

We have an obligation and an opportunity to use the gifts and talents we have been blessed with.  So it’s obvious that we would want to maximize those gifts.  Self-improvement is not necessarily a bad thing to focus on.  But it is only truly meaningful when we remember our purpose: to serve the Kingdom of God. 

We all want to be healthy, dress for success, and be happy as we can so we can serve God.  Keeping that focus at the center of all of our actions helps us turn away from the traps and snares of our world and turn toward a life in Christ.

Question of the Day:  Do I focus more on the “outer me” than the “inner me?”

Prayer of the DayDear Jesus, pour Your love into my heart.  Make me ready and willing to give myself to others as You have given Yourself for me.

Prosit


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