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Saturday, February 19, 2011

Daily Bible Reflections

FLEETING PLEASURES

“What profit is there for one to gain the whole world and forfeit his life?” – Mark 8:36

A former mine worker won $3 million in the lotto. Not knowing what to do with his prize, he spent his money on useless pursuits.
He bought a 3,300-square-foot house in an upscale neighborhood and six luxury vehicles. He gave his mother and relatives new vehicles and other expensive gifts. He gave money to his friends. He partied six nights a week for several months. His fouryear addiction to video lottery cost him $1 million. He invested hundreds of thousands of dollars in high-risk ventures.
After nine years of endless spending and impulse buying, gambling and a stock market crash, he was almost broke. He sold his house, cars and other properties. His long-time girlfriend, with whom he has a child, left him. But despite this, he continued to place all his money in lottery.
Getting what we want in terms of possessions, position or power can give us pleasure in the beginning. But in the end, we may still feel empty and unhappy if they are not used for God’s purposes. A life of abundance goes beyond what this world can offer. It’s a life with Jesus who promises us eternal life and a mansion in heaven.Judith Concepcion (svp_jmc@yahoo.com)

REFLECTION:
What occupies more of your thoughts, time and effort? That one is your master.

Lord, help me set my priorities right. Grant me the grace to put You above all else for it is only in You that I will become truly satisfied and abundant.

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