For what is your life?
It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away.
James 4:14 (NKJV)
As a child we usually ask: "Where do I come from?". Growing up the question becomes: "Why am I here?". And beyond if an answer has been found, the days come when you ask: "Where will I go?". These questions encompass the path of the earthly existence of everyone, with all the expectations and efforts to achieve goals. We allow ourselves to be caught up in our lives by the whirlwind of commitments and various affairs, just as James wrote: "Today or tomorrow we will go to this city, we will stay a year, we will gain and earn". By measuring our efforts, everyone will be able to evaluate whether they feel dissatisfied or disappointed in how they have lavished them. Yet the satisfaction of one's own state is rarity, even in the Christian community where confrontation, dispute and contention prevail. The "having food and clothing" recommended by Paul (1 Timothy 6:8) hardly enough and usually does not satisfy.
No one will ever know what will happen tomorrow! Moreover, when you least expect it, you have to deal with a dense and intense experience also from the moral point of view: death. I am convinced that to relate to it, considering it a traveling companion, improves the quality of daily life, because it constantly invites it to discern what is essential. Man is the only animal that is aware of death and is the only being to have developed the practice of burial of the dead. If the ancients thought they could judge a people by the way they bury their own dead, today the behavior around death (end of life, euthanasia, biological testament, cremation and dispersion of ashes) is a mirror of society. Along with the rituals of death, in addition to the religious aspects, there are many situations linked to popular beliefs. Yet during its existence it works in various ways to keep it away, and with it it drives away the truth that we are "a vapor". Here then selfish attitudes and interests take over, all ends in themselves, which do not benefit anyone and will have no memory.
The apostle Paul wrote to the Romans, reminding them, that "whether we live or die, we are the Lord’s" (Romans 14:8). Living and dying are part of the same existence, precisely "for dust you are, And to dust you shall return" (Genesis 3:19). Man (in Hebrew "adam") is taken from the earth ("adama"), to remember his transience and / or misery. The believer, dead to sin and redeemed by the Lord through his sacrifice, makes Christ his life, announcing with his existence and in his relations the Gospel of life and resurrection. Only when we reach the awareness that it is only a viaticum towards eternity, we will be willing to spend ourselves for the good of others, so that others may come to know "Jesus, way, truth and life" because naked we have come into the world and naked we will leave it. Live well!
Weekly Bible reading plan
21th May 1 Chronicles 13-15; John 7:1-27
22nd May 1 Chronicles 16-18; John 7:28-53
23rd May 1 Chronicles19-21; John 8:1-27
24th May 1 Chronicles22-24; John 8:28-59
25th May 1 Chronicles 25-27; John 9:1-23
26th May 1 Chronicles 28-29; John 9:24-41
27th May 2 Chronicles 1-3; John 10:1-23
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