All of us have had the experience of utilizing certain things or products which work quite fine for some time….but as time passes, becomes less effective or less efficient.
> A ceiling fan/ table fan, after few months or years, tends to be less forceful…
> A fast-processing computer after few months of years, tends to slow down…
> Colourful clothes after a few washes or usage, tends to lose their initial glean and shine…
This is called as “Dissipation”.
A similar aspect could be visible in our spiritual lives as well!
The Gospel of the Day is a reminder to examine this aspect in our lives and to make amends, in order to revitalise and revive our lives.
The Gospel begins with the verse ” But take heed to yourselves lest your hearts be weighed down with dissipation…” (Lk 21:34)
Dissipation is strong word which could have several parallel understandings…
>> With respect to morality:
Dissipation refers to an overindulgence in sensual pleasures.
>> With respect to behaviour:
Dissipation refers to a conduct that shows one is interested only in pleasure, money, etc.
>> With respect to economics:
Dissipation refers to an act of using all or a lot of money, time, etc., in a foolish way.
>> With respect to physics:
Dissipation refers to a physical process by which energy becomes not only unavailable but irrecoverable in any form.
Dissipation is a tendency…
… to squander away enthusiasm because of allowing monotony to creep into life.
… to lose vitality as a result of being indulged in continuous immoral behaviours
… to leak-out the energy and vigour in oneself, in small amounts and thus become lifeless
… to become disinterested and dispirited due to constant exposure to luxury and comforts
Dissipation is a terrible malady that has badly affected many people in the Bible…
>> The people during Noah’s time were dissipated with eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, although God had sent out a warning of their destruction through Noah.
>> The citizens of Sodom and Gomorrah were dissipated with extremely immoral and corrupt practices, even though the people were given a forewarning of their possible.
>> The people of Israel were dissipated with frustration and dissatisfaction while travelling in the desert and failed to understand the providential hand of God.
>> The disciples of Jesus were dissipated with sadness, shattering of hopes and brokenness after the death of Jesus and failed to believe and trust in His great promises.
We have a call to examine our lives and check whether we too have fallen into a state of “dissipation”…
>> Maybe my prayer life is “dissipated” due to various distractions, excuses of lack of time, complaints of being tired or just simply a lack of interest…
>> Maybe my personal intimacy with God is “dissipated” since I don’t experience any joyful or experiential feelings or because some of my expectations of God are not met…
>> Maybe my relationships with people is “dissipated” due to some friction or misunderstanding or an indifference that has sneaked in without any particular reason.
>> Maybe my family/community life is “dissipated” because I feel disinterested or not so enthusiastic in going beyond some of my personal comforts or I feel lonely in not feeling accepted or loved.
Dissipation can be a tendency that can steal into our lives very stealthily and can drain away much of our energy, eagerness and passion.
In the book of Revelations, the Lord has this complaint, ” ..I have this against you: you have lost the love you had at first. Realize how far you have fallen. Repent and do the works you did at first” (Rev 2:4-5)
>>> Let us seek to renew our initial fervour and zeal.
>>> Let us challenge ourselves to revive our zest and interest.
The Lord deserves not “dissipated” people, but “spirited” and “passionate” people!
God Bless! Live Jesus!