November 27, 2020 – Friday of the 34th Week in Ordinary Time
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Each of us, hopes for a life that is secured. For this reason, we do our best to invest in our studies, professions, business and even relationships. Indeed, we want security. We want to be secured in one way or another. However, we are also aware that everything here on earth is in constant flux, according to Heraclitus, an ancient philosopher. It means that everything and everyone else is subject to constant change. This change may mean towards development, progress and transformation or to destruction and ruin. These include not just the material things that we possess or our life but even our relationships with one another.
That is why, one of the common causes of failure, depression, pain and stress is our relationship with one another. There is an innate desire in each of us to relate and be with others because that is how we are made. However, because of our human limitations and failures we cause troubles in our relationships. We hurt one another and sometimes cause unrepairable damage towards others.
We too are in search of a secured and constant relationship. People who committed their life into marriage or into religious life or by being single and remaining fruitful and happy, is an action that hopes and commits to a relationship that is secured. However, such commitment is an everyday battle because even our commitment can change.
Nevertheless, persons who refuse to settle in a committed relationship have greater insecurity for a secured and faithful relationship. Consequently, such insecurity makes us promiscuous or to have many partners without any commitment. But then, such attitude also denies the hope for a healthy and faithful commitment in a relationship. As a result, when we become a person like this then we also become a person who only causes pain and damage to others and to ourselves. Despite these, there is still hope for a constant and secured relationship.
These remind me of what Jesus said in today’s. Gospel of Luke. Jesus tells us of the passing of heaven and earth. Hence, everything will pass. This will surely give us pain and confusion. What will change will really be great. What will be destroyed will be many.
However, though many things will change and pass away like for example, marriage life that is about to fail because of unfaithfulness, or your family is in trouble because of quarrels over money and properties, or our dreams and hopes for a better future have become blurred, or our health is weakening due to an aggressive illness, or our studies have become difficult due to financial problems, or our workplace has become horrible due to a toxic relationship with our colleagues… all of these will surely create tensions and anxieties in our hearts and minds. We will certainly feel insecure and confused. We might start believing that everything has become hopeless because of an overwhelming problem.
But then, Jesus tells us in the Gospel, even though everything will pass away, but my words will not pass away. Even if everything will fade and fail, God’s words and my presence with us will never fade and will never fail. Jesus’ commitment to us, his love and affection will never fade.
Jesus actually tells us of God’s faithfulness in us that despite our failures and unfaithfulness, God remains for us and with us. God’s favor upon us and His affection towards us remains, because God is faithful.
As we take security in God’s faithfulness, let us allow God to fill us and to satisfy our every longing for faithfulness and confidence may it be in our relationships, studies, work or business. Despite the uncertainties in life, be confident in God. Hinaut pa.