Weekend Reflections for 10/17/14
Reaching our true goal
The planets, the earth and rocks are inanimate and they hardly change. But nature is alive and constantly changing. Trees and bushes grow and develop throughout their lives. We see the spring and summer flowers come and go. Cows, horses, dogs, cats and insects propagate the world and they will be around for centuries to come. The human race also grows and develops. Husbands and wives beget children who take over the next generation. Human life is always renewing itself.
Growth and development are necessary for a spiritual life. We are nourished in our spiritual life by the sacraments, the scriptures and prayer. We grow spiritually by helping our neighbor and serving the needs of others with love. We live our faith by loving others as Jesus loves us.
In the gospel Jesus tells us to "repay to Ceasar what belongs to Ceasar and to God what belongs to God." If someone follows only materialistic goals throughout life, that person will never reach the true goal of life. We care for our physical life in this world and we attend to our spiritual growth by loving, serving and helping God and our neighbors.