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Woe to You

 

“But woe to you who are rich,
    for you have already received your comfort.
Woe to you who are well fed now,
    for you will go hungry.
Woe to you who laugh now,
    for you will mourn and weep.
Woe to you when everyone speaks well of you,
    for that is how their ancestors treated the false prophets.” - Luke 6:24-26

Let me be honest for a second and tell you that I have a hard time applying the weekly Sunday readings and gospels to my life. Many times a priest will have a good homily that I find very inspiring but more often than not, as soon as I leave the church I completely forget what they talked about or what my plans were on implementing the gospels into my life. However, last weekend the last words in the gospel from Luke really struck me to the core.

Luke warns us about the danger of being too comfortable in this life. By the rest of the world’s standards, I’ve had an extremely comfortable life. I know that I don’t deserve any of the blessings I’ve received and they’re given to me by God’s grace alone, but that doesn’t make my life any less comfortable.

So, when Luke warns about the dangers of comfort, a chill goes through my spine.

Woe to you who are rich…. Woe to you who are well fed….Woe to you who laugh…Woe to you who are well-liked….

Aren’t these the things we seek to be?

The world tells us to be like the celebrities who have infinite wealth and are able to buy expensive champagne and yachts and dine all over the world. It says that we should wish we could live a life where every moment was a party and we were followed around by fans who wanted to be just like us.

God tells us that these things aren’t important, but instead serving Him is what needs to be the focus. This doesn’t mean that we all need to live in sack cloth and huts but it does mean that we need to prioritize His will above any of our own earthly desires.

This is often easier said than done, as we want to work toward a comfortable earthly life since we think we ‘deserve’ it. Realize today, sisters, that we don’t deserve any sort of earthly life besides one that will lead us to Him.

I challenge you today, sisters, to seek His will for your life. Place your worries about your friend group, your love life, or your bills at the foot of his cross and accept His plan for you. He won’t leave you, He won’t harm you. He will bring you through whatever he leads you to. And remember that those who lack on Earth will be rewarded ever more greatly in heaven.

Thank you for reading! And as always, you’re in my imperfect prayers.