2 Thessalonians 3:7-12
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The fear of God is the beginning of Wisdom. The Wisdom of the Holyspirit comes from God alone. All people have God’s image and likeness in them but we do not follow or act or resemble this image of God’s love in our lives. God wants every human to live in love and Justice and nothing else. The worldly prosperity, achievements , responsibilities must be acheived through love and Justice. All our duties done without love of God is a waste and selfish in nature. All these selfish works will vanish on the day of judgement.
The outwardly rituals done in obligation without God’s love will vanish and have no effect at all before the eyes of God. These kind of sacrifices or Sacraments done does not purify us and bring closer to God but makes us selfish and proud.
For the people who love God in their works and lives , God becomes their Justice, healing and vindication. The poor people who can not fight the battle of Justice in Courts or can not afford expensive treatments in the Hispital , God himself comes through Wisdom and rays of healing to these people and bring justice and healing. The Proud and selfish people who only depend upon the riches of the World will be burnt in the fiery rays of God’s anger and vindication.
We see some people do God’s Work in idleness, idleness makes people lazy and takes them to comfort zone. If people do God’s Work in comfort zone , they do not serve God but themselves. These kind of people do not possess the love of God but work for themselves in the pretext of God’s Work. They are like Pharasees of Jesus time, following all external rituals of perfectionism but internaly missing the love and compassion in their heart. St.Paul was the perfect example to these people who was minding his own duties by earning his daily bread and not burdening others with alms and charity. When we live on alms and charity for our daily living , it is a sign of our convenience or living in a comfort zone. Alms and Charity must be given to the poor and disabled who are not able to earn their daily bread and not to people who do God’s Work. Sadly people give more alms to the people who are engaged in God’s administrative Work and not to the real poor people. Due to this the administrative people possess worldly richness and loose the sense of poverty and live in luxury. God’s Work must be done in charity and service then only it has the love of God otherwise it is like any other profession. Tithing has been done to carry on the Work of God and Evangelisation . The Work of God is to love the poor and downtrodden like Mother Theresa did in her life. The Brothers and Sisters in Mother Theresa’s Destutute for the poor are real examples of God’s love. Divine Retreat Centres all over the World work for the Evangelisation to the poor in Spirit are one more example of God’s love in Proclaiming the Gospel of Love.