June 28, 2020.
“He that loveth father or mother more than me is not worthy of me: and he that loveth son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. And he that taketh not his cross, and followeth after me, is not worthy of me. He that findeth his life shall lose it: and he that loseth his life for my sake shall find it.” (Matthew 10, 37-39)
If someone dared to say to any father that he must love him/her more than he loves his child, or dared to say to anyone that we must love him/her over ourselves, we would that that he/she is crazy or full of unending pride. No one can ask this of us. No one, that is, except God. God is entitled to occupy the first place in our heart, in our life, in our interests. He has this right because he is God, because he i sour Creator and our Redeemer.
Therefore, this week we will try to practice this fragment of the Gospel of Saint Matthew by searching our soul so as to find out what place God really does occupy within our set of values. Does work or God come first? Does amusement or God come first? In order to do this we need to take notice of the time that we dedicate to each thing. It is natural for us to dedicate more time to work than to prayer, but not so much more that there is no time left for prayer. And the same goes for resting. The value we assign to things –and to people- is measured by the time that we dedicate to such things and people. The time that we dedicate to God is a measure of how important God is to us. And the rest will come later: acting in accordance with our conscience, though this may pose a problem. However, we must not forget, placing God first in our life -which is the place fitting for God- does not mean forgetting or despising all else; it means that, for the love of God, we will also love them, even when we do not feel up to it.
Intention: Dedicate time to prayer every day. Analyze, through soul searching, if any behavior of ours is unfitting of a Christian.