Daily Office Readings for Wednesday of the Sixth Week of Epiphany: Year 2
“And the world and [and the desire for it] are passing away, but those who do the will of God live forever.” (1John 2:17)
We have an opportunity, and indeed an invitation, to adjust ourselves to being happy while doing the will of God. Everything else that we do has an expiration date. It is not a matter of “if.” The end of our days is a matter of “when.” My brother still remembers, with sadness, the day I told him that one day he will die. He told me that recently, even though it has been more than sixty years ago. I’m not sure that as a child that I even knew what I was talking about.
Now what good is it to live forever while at the same time not liking the life you live? But if we learn to appreciate doing the will of God to the point that we look forward to every opportunity to do it again, we are happily living forever.
Remember, it is at the intersection of what you love to do, and what the community needs, that is the joy you will have, and it is also the will of God. Each of us are here for a reason, a divine reason. A personal goal for each of us should be to ponder about what our niche in this life is. What is it that we really enjoy doing? Rule nothing out! Even if it sounds silly, that very silliness may just be what you get to enjoy for all eternity. Some will say “I can’t think of anything that I would want to do for all eternity.” To which I would respond, “You haven’t found “it” yet.”
This world is passing away. But we, as believers, have a chance to be with an eternal Presence that welcomes us, and the gifts that we are blessed with, into an eternal household.
As we listen to what the Spirit is saying to us, let us live to love, to serve, and to teach, while pondering anew what the Almighty can do. John