If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.

Wednesday, 6th Day in the Octave of Christmas
December 30, 2020
Today’s Readings:

1 John 2:12-17
Ps 96:7-10
Luke 2:36-40
USCCB Podcast of the Readings:

If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.

The Word of God is so specific and clear in it’s message that there are no two ways in it’s direction. Love of the World is enemy of God or the way of the World takes us away from God. The Worldly things entices us to possess them , this possession brings bondage in our lives and separates us from the love of God and one another. The love of Money, Body , Position make us selfish and lustful and take us away from our brothers and sisters. I know a man who was very charitable and sincere in his village went to the Middle East and came back with lots of Money , married a rich girl and built a big house but the Charity, Compassion, Sharing , Concern , sincerity was fully lost in his life, he was a changed man with big Car and lived a high profiled elite Worldly life. He started to acquire more Wealth and Prosperity in this World and love of God and Sharing and caring which was his original nature was completely forgotten and cut off from his life. Recently I heard he died with an Heart Attack . The Wealth and the World is deception , it can not give real peace and Happiness in our life but shows us a candy of happiness and leads us to the dead end cliff edge and pushes us from the cliff without having any mercy.

If we are in the Worldly attachment , the word of God says : For all that is in the world,
sensual lust, enticement for the eyes, and a pretentious life, is not from the Father but is from the world. I want to highlight following three areas of life which John in his letter talk about 1. Sensual Lust 2. Enticement for the Eyes 3. Pretentious Life.

  1. Sensual Lust : We can interpret sensual lust as an extreme desire of flesh . This is a major bondage in life when people seek extreme pleasure in the lustful thoughts of flesh of the body, they come in to this Bondage. Extreme Sexual desires, Extreme desire for food , intoxication of the Body with alcohol and drugs, extreme care of the Body with beauty therapies or Body Building are some of the examples of these lustful sensuality. Lust is not natural desire but unnatural and excess desire of something which is not natural. The Natural love is the plan of God but if the human does not take pleasure in the natural Law and goes beyond with all unnatural ways then he adopts his own or evil ways of this World which are not natural. When we talk about World , it does not relate on natural resources given to us to use for our daily living and consumption. Natural love or earning our daily bread or exercising and consuming good food for good health is not coming in this context because they are as per the Natural Law and God’s plan. When we move away from the natural ways of life in to extreme or unnatural ways we move away from God’s ways and his love.
  2. Enticement for the Eyes: Eyes are the main gateway for the Good and Evil to enter in our life. Eyes represent the mind , mind is very deceptive if we do not control it with self or evil ideas , it brings negative and rebellious behavior in our life . False ideologies , beliefs , pride of life take us away from the original plan of God. We can polarize, hyper, hybrid, tone, transgender , manipulate , test tube ,change, bribe,cheat the natural but we have to ask ourselves by doing all these things do we achieve what we aim at or are we happy in our life. I bet with you, 100% percent of these people lose original happiness and embrace false happiness and enter in to cursed life because there is so much labor and stress in their adopted life , they can not cope with it and finally their life ends in despair and depression.
  3. Pretentious Life: Pretension or living double standard life is the inspiration of the World. If we act which we are not and show that we are something different is going against the original nature of our life. If we want to pretend let us pretend as per the Word of God because the word of God does not contradict our natural self but refines us into finer and brings us in to perfection. Our lifestyle is depending upon the education , Science and technology of our time which teach us how to talk, how to walk, what to eat and how to love . We are in a culture of imitation and pretension. The true high quality values are forgotten and we are compromising low quality of life and call ourselves high profile, elite lifestyle , educated so on. These life styles not only take us away from God but also from each others, it causes divisions in the society and create our own boundaries in our life.

Let us live as we are , if we are poor or rich, beautiful or ugly, Fair or dark, Worldly educated or Worldly illiterate , we are all master piece of the Creator and he has created us in that shape and state and let us not change that shape or state but live in that shape and state to give glory to God. If we are farmers let us renew the farming Industry and give glory to God, if we are Carpenters let us renew the Carpentry and give glory to God , let us not imitate the World with it’s enticements and allures which make us unnatural and take us away from God.

Prayer : Lord deliver us from the love of the World Amen.

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