I will make a fresh effort to get rid of the biggest vice
by Father Edward McIlmail, LC | Source: Catholic.net
Jesus my Savior, thank you for another
day and another chance to grow in holiness with your grace. I love you and wish to make you the true
center of my thoughts, desires and actions.
Lord, give me a
healthy, but realistic Christian optimism.
1. Desolation at Hand:
What a grim
Gospel passage! Lots of talk of armies and calamity and roaring seas. Jesus is speaking of the
coming destruction of Jerusalem (in A.D. 70) as well as images of the End-Times. In our day we can
think of wars, tsunamis, floods and wonder why the world is such a nasty place sometimes. Why can't
life be easier? Why do so many innocent people suffer? Alas, Our Lord asked the same questions. All
the evil we see springs from original sin, from the fall of Adam. It wasn't God's plan to have all
this suffering -- but he allows it. He allows it because he respects our freedom. He allows it too
because he knows he can bring good out of it. How do I use my freedom? Do I have enough faith in
Christ to be optimistic?
2. Trampled Underfoot:
The fall of Jerusalem didn't mean
that God abandoned the world. True, the focus of religion would no longer be the Temple; rather, it
would be a new focus: Christ, truly present in the Eucharist. The tabernacle would be the new center
of attention. How few souls grasp that truth? After 2,000 years, Jesus is still humble, allowing
himself to be kept in a tabernacle. Does that fact influence the way I act in a church? Does it
affect the way I dress when going to church? Do I try to enter church with the proper state of heart
3. Redemption at Hand:
Faithful following of Christ gives us the best
assurance that our lives have meaning. Christ will make sense of everything at the end of our lives.
All our struggles to live the Gospel will be worth it. On the last day we might regret many things,
but we will never regret the things we did for Christ. Does that truth guide our lives each day? Do
we live each day as if it were our last? What is there in my life that I would be ashamed of on the
last day? Why not weed it out of my life now?
Conversation with Christ:
help me to judge the things of my daily life against eternity.
Let me see things with your eyes.
Let me see what is really
valuable and what is fleeting. And help me to act
I will make a fresh effort to get rid of the
biggest vice in my life.
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