Thought of the Day October 2, 2020 Keep eyes on the prize

By 10:11 AM

"How can we live in the midst of a world marked by fear, hatred, and violence, and not be destroyed by it? When Jesus prays to his Father for his disciples he responds to this question by saying, “I am not asking you to remove them from the world but to protect them from the evil one. They do not belong to the world any more than I belong to the world” (John 17:15–16).

"To live in the world without belonging to the world summarizes the essence of the spiritual life. The spiritual life keeps us aware that our true house is not the house of fear, in which the powers of hatred and violence rule, but the house of love, where God resides" (Henri Nouwen).

If we do not keep our eyes on the prize, namely life in and with Christ, then we will be distracted by the allurements along the journey and lose our way. This can easily happen and it is the desire of the Devil that he does all he can to ensure that it does happen. But we belong to Christ, who sends his angels to guide, guard and defend us. St. Paul reminds us that we are citizens and heirs of heaven. Each day we need to remind ourselves of the journey we are on, of the desire of God for us and on our true identity and destination. 

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