The first reading cautions us that our hearts cannot be made right, apart from the saving grace of Jesus in our lives. The world’s reality entices us to sin and we become like a barren bush in the desert. As I reflect on this scripture, I recollect my life experience. Caught up in the ways of the world, barren and useless, seeking strength in the flesh, that left me in total distress, I met the gaze of the Lord Jesus in a love encounter. Living waters of the Holy Spirit transformed my barrenness to a joyous life that desires to trust him alone. The Gospel proclamation reminds us about eternity with our Lord Jesus. We can become partakers in eternity as we choose to live according to his will; as we become more Christ-like in our actions. He beckons us to a purpose driven life on earth. The present economic crisis in Sri Lanka, has left so many helpless and burdened. Let us honestly examine our hearts. Will I be likened to the rich man in torment, or will I be in the bosom of our Lord enjoying eternity?
Prayer: Abba Father, lead me to your ultimate plan as I trust in you. Amen.