“Being spirited and passionate people for God and His Kingdom!”
(Based on Dan 7:15-27 and Lk 21:34-36 – Saturday of the 34th Week in Ordinary Time)
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!
Today we are concluding this Liturgical Year…
… and stepping into the New Liturgical Year – with ‘Year C’ Readings on Sundays and ‘Cycle 1’ for the Weekdays
This Liturgical Year has taken us through various phases in our life of faith – especially, with the effect of the pandemic still affecting us…
… But the Liturgical Readings were also constantly reminding us that, that “God is with us!”
Let us thank the Lord for this Liturgical Year – for all His Blessings, Graces, Protection…
… and as we start a New Year in our Life – Liturgically – let us surrender ourselves totally to the Providence of our Loving Lord, through the intercession of our Blessed Mother
… as we continually give heed to the words of our Lord, “And behold, I am coming soon!” (Rev 22:7)
God Bless! Live Jesus!
Discovering the beauty of the Catholic Church through the Catechism
OUTSIDE THE CHURCH THERE IS NO SALVATION
How are we to understand this affirmation, often repeated by the Church Fathers?
Re-formulated positively, it means that all salvation comes from Christ the Head through the Church which is his Body:
Basing itself on Scripture and Tradition, the Council teaches that the Church, a pilgrim now on earth, is necessary for salvation: the one Christ is the mediator and the way of salvation; He is present to us in His body which is the Church.
He himself explicitly asserted the necessity of faith and Baptism, and thereby affirmed at the same time the necessity of the Church which men enter through Baptism as through a door.
Hence they could not be saved who, knowing that the Catholic Church was founded as necessary by God through Christ, would refuse either to enter it or to remain in it.
This affirmation is not aimed at those who, through no fault of their own, do not know Christ and His Church:
Those who, through no fault of their own, do not know the Gospel of Christ or His Church, but who nevertheless seek God with a sincere heart, and, moved by grace, try in their actions to do His will as they know it through the dictates of their conscience – those too may achieve eternal salvation.
“Although in ways known to himself God can lead those who, through no fault of their own, are ignorant of the Gospel, to that faith without which it is impossible to please him, the Church still has the obligation and also the sacred right to evangelize all men (CCC # 846-848)