Memorial of Saint Bonaventure, Bishop and Doctor of the Church
Readings; Ex 1:8-14, 22, Gospel Mt 10:34—11:1
Praise God. God created us in His goodness. As there is a purpose for His entire creation, He also instilled in us a purpose for our life (Jer. 29/11). But He endowed on us the gift of free will to seek and realise the purpose of life. And the entire human race is in a race to find the meaning of his or her own life.
The gospel today, in this context, is raising a question before us. Are you ready to lose your life for the sake of Jesus? It sounds wired! When you and I are busy excavating the mysteries of ‘who I am’ and ‘what is my life achievement,’ Jesus is asking to lose it for His sake.
Dear reader let us take some time to reflect over it. We think, we fulfill our life when we earn a lump sum in our bank account, or amass gadgets so sophisticated and worthless, or indulge in worldly entertainments or by being a high profile personality in the whole universe.
I wish there may be a day we find no meaning in all these. Looking around we find people struggling and suffering. It may be your spouse, your children, your friends, or an absolute stranger. Are you ready to lose your life for them as a good Samaritan? When you work for something greater than yourself you fulfill your life.
Maria in here young age could give meaning to the life of Alexander and that of the entire youth today. Mother Therese gave meaning to the lives in the streets of Kolkata and the entire society today. Jesus loosing Himself on the cross, gains the victory over sin for us today. Now it is your turn. Are you ready to lose your life for the sake of the poor, the orphans, the windows, the alcoholics, the various drug addicts? If yes, you may hear the voice of the Lord, “Enter into the eternal Kingdom!”