Vocation Meditation Eat, drink, and be merry, for tomorrow we die.

posted Mar 22, 2012, 12:14 PM by St. Joseph Cheyenne   [ updated Mar 22, 2012, 7:00 PM ]
The sad part about this attitude is that it misses what is most important in life, it ends up shortchanging us by limiting it to simply life on this earth. Our soul longs for much more. Similarly, we shortchange others and we let Christ down as His disciples, if we only offer them only a message of human, material or worldly gain. The rich young man thinks he has made it finally, yet he has a far greater calling than merely mastering the elements and providing the satisfaction of his material needs and appetites. This greater calling is the mastery of himself and the satisfaction of his eternal, spiritual needs and appetites. The message of the gospel cannot be reduced to a social message or material philanthropy. People’s thirst and hunger go deeper than materialism, and Christ gives us much more to offer them than simply a material message. That is why one of the conditions to be His disciple is to “go, sell all you have, give it to the poor, and then, come follow Me”, as Jesus told the rich young man who asked what he needed to do to possess eternal life. The successful young man misread the nature of the gift of life, and of the other gifts that are given to us in life, and so he misread the purpose of its earthly portion, and therefore he missed out on the great opportunity God placed in his hands. We all heard the phrase: “Eat, drink, and be merry, for tomorrow we die.” If you follow that philosophy then your life will be empty and after death you will have nothing. Yet, if you follow Christ then your life will be full and as He rose from the dead, so shall you. So which is it: “Eat, drink, and be merry, for tomorrow we die.” or “If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow Me. For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will save it. What profit is there for one to gain the whole world yet lose or forfeit himself?” (Luke 9: 23-25)

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