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Seek the Lord for he alone can satisfy your needs
December 13, 2017

We all seek to be satisfied but many of us are looking in the wrong places. Jesus tells us: seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness for all these will be given to you. Ask and we will be given, seek and we will find, knock and the door will be opened. The Lord is the only one who can satisfy our desires for he is generous and faithful.

We all seek to acquire money, to have more time and to acquire precious possessions but these are all material things and they are limited and have an expiration date. To seek the Lord is a continuous journey and there is no expiration date or limitations on this journey. We are all given the necessary resources and gifts suitable for our individuality and our abilities to connect to God through his Son Jesus Christ.

Riches though they seem glamorous do not make us comfortable or satisfy us completely. Just look at all who are rich, the millionaires and billionaires. These people have problems upon problems and they need to have numerous people to help them control or manage their riches. They are always in debt. Just last week the founder of the Golden Krust Bakery Company committed suicide because he was deep in back taxes. This is a man said to be a billionaire with over 120 bakery outlets. No one is saying to become a pauper. However, we must not be over indulged in riches so much that we forget that being poor in spirit is what brings us into the Kingdom of God. While the rich should help the poor in this world, it is the poor who helps the rich in the world after death.

On the day of judgment Jesus says he will asks us questions which involve: did you clothe me? did you shelter me? did you feed me? and so on, and our answers to these questions will determine if we are a sheep or a goat. The sheep will enter heaven while the goats will not. The 4th century Bishop Ambrose says, “the bosom of the poor, the hours of wisdom, the mouths of children are the barns which last forever.”

Jesus goes on to tell us in the gospels that to be fully satisfied we must store up our treasures in heaven than here on earth. For it is only in heaven where our true treasure lasts. Satisfaction comes from giving generously and we are encouraged to do. God loves a cheerful giver and he rewards those of us who give generously from the heart to help those in need. By being generous we expand our soul while the opposite greed makes it contract.

Everything we have is a gift from God and he encourages us to share our gift with each other. To store up material wealth or possessions controls our appetite and desires and makes us lose focus on the will of God. Loving money and wealth takes away from the love of God and the love of our neighbour.

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