“Though he was God, he did not think of equality with God as something to cling to. Instead, he gave up his divine privileges; he took the humble position of a slave and was born as a human being.” – Philippians 2:6-7
“Therefore do not let anyone judge you by what you eat or drink, or with regard to a religious festival, a New Moon celebration or a Sabbath day. These are a shadow of the things that were to come; the reality, however, is found in Christ” (Colossians 2:16-17).
Everybody wants to succeed, to survive, to settle down, to look good for others by his hard work. Some want to look glamorous in their clothes. Not wrong, certainly is very understandable because those who work hard will reap the rewards. But the question is, does all that a person do, really make him or her happy? Was it done with good intentions or was it just made up for any deficiency?
In this reading, Saint Paul reminds us that the first thing we must do is to seek and find the kingdom of God and everything will be added to us. Everything in this world is transient and merely a vessel of God. The Lord gave us all that we might use to glorify Him through our fellowmen; by helping those in need, sharing what we have with the hungry and the poor around us. It might not be about the number we spend but our sincerity in giving. One thing we always have to remember is that when we get back to God’s side, there's nothing in this world we would take with us.
Therefore, being a follower of Christ or as a Christian, we have to live after the manner of Christ whose life was always offered to others. It is not required to do spectacular things but through small things that bring pleasure to the hearts of others. That will ease their lives.
Reflection on Colossians 2: 16-17 by Sr. Maria Venidora SND(Listen to the Podcast here)