“Being spirited and passionate people for God and His Kingdom!”
(Based on Rev 22:1-7 and Lk 21:34-36 – Saturday of the Last Week in Ordinary Time, Year 2)
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 A’ Readings on Sundays and ‘Cycle 1’ for the Weekdays
This Liturgical Year has taken us through various phases in our life of faith…
… with the Readings 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
RECONCILIATION WITH THE CHURCH
In imparting to his apostles his own power to forgive sins the Lord also gives them the authority to reconcile sinners with the Church.
This ecclesial dimension of their task is expressed most notably in Christ’s solemn words to Simon Peter: “I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.”
“The office of binding and loosing which was given to Peter was also assigned to the college of the apostles united to its head. (CCC # 1444)