Sunday October 11th, 2020 | By Rev. Michael P. Hanifin
How easy it is, especially in these challenging times, to be consumed by the cares and distractions of the “here and now,” forgetting about what matters most — living for the Kingdom of Heaven. As Catholics we are called to live a way of life that emphasizes the virtuous use of our Time, Talent, and Treasure and allows us to embrace daily life and all its demands — with eternal life in mind.
How do we keep focused on the Kingdom of Heaven? Saint Paul shared his secret for an eternity-driven life. Our Second Reading this 28th Sunday in Ordinary Time is from the Letter to the Philippians, where Paul reminded the Christians of Philippi, “I know how to live in humble circumstances; I know also how to live with abundance. In every circumstance and in all things, I have learned the secret of being well fed and going hungry, of living in abundance and of being in need.” In other words, Paul has learned to live his life that best exemplifies what it means to be a disciple of Jesus Christ.
What is the secret? It is this: “I can do all things in him who strengthens me.” How? Through this: “My God will fully supply whatever you need, in accord with his glorious riches in Christ Jesus.” It is so simple! But it is not easy. It takes both courage and humility to live this way. God will supply these to us if only we ask.