It is a sad reality that we have been engulfed with a false sense of fulfillment brought about by materialism. We immerse ourselves in work to be able to get the latest gadgets, and flashy clothes. The phrase "one day millionaire" is so true when payday comes. We try to convince ourselves that it is not at all bad to partake in good times because after all, we earned our keep. True? Very.
During the Papal Visit, there were so many lessons I have learned by listening to Pope Francis' messages. I have learned not to shun the convenience of technology, but to use it to do good. Compassion towards the less fortunate, learning to weep for the marginalized, and "learning to offer your hand out of your very own poverty."
The street child, the homeless and the abandoned elderly who do not own much are those who we can turn to for wisdom. How they have learned to survive, how they never lose hope, and how they can still love despite being in dire straits. They are those that are truly rich.
I know New Years Resolutions are nothing but wishes, I hope that one day, this year 2015, I will be able to do something for someone in need. I am still coping to survive financially in this corporate jungle, however, money is not the end all and be all. I really really want to be a Messenger of Light. I would want to be able to pay it forward. This is not my wish. This will be my goal.
I am at a loss for words, just thinking of how many children are now laying down cardboard boxes on the sidewalk. How many of them will go to sleep with an empty stomach. How much more are forced to do things against their will just so that they can survive another day. Let us open our hearts to our brothers and sisters, those dressed in tattered clothes, curled up on the sidewalk, begging for food.
We can do without most of our worldly possessions and yet be rich in faith and trust in the Lord. Let us be feel and be one with the less fortunate. They may be able to give us life lessons better than any gadget can.
James 2:5 - Listen, my dear brothers and sisters: Has not God chosen those who are poor in the eyes of the world to be rich in faith and to inherit the Kingdom he promised those who love Him?