Following Jesus is seeking what is above.
“Think of what is above, not of what is on earth.” ( Col 3:2)
1. Keep what is above and not what is on earth and your reward will be great in heaven.
1. “Live simply so others can simply live,” (Mother Teresa); be generous in sharing God’s provisions
August 4 Eccl 1:2;2:21-23/Ps 90:3-6,12-14,17/Col 3:1-5,9-11/Lk 12:13-21
August 11 Wis 18:6-9/Ps 33:1,12,18,-21/Heb 11:1,2,18,19 or 11:1,2,8-12/Lk 12:32-48
or Lk 12:35-40
August 18 Jer 38:4-6,8-10/Ps 40:2,3,4,18/Heb 12:1-4/Lk 12:49-53
August 25 Is 66:18-21/Ps 117:1,2/Heb 12:5-7,11-13/Lk 13:22-30
THEMES AND PROMISES
Week#1 (18th Sunday in Ordinary Time)
Theme: We seek what is above when we store up heavenly treasures.
Promise: “When Christ your life appears, then you too will appear with him in glory” (Col 3:4)
Week#2 (19th Sunday in Ordinary Time)
Theme: We seek what is above when we prepare for the Lord’s coming with expectant faith.
Promise: “The eyes of the Lord are upon those who fear him, upon those who hope for kindness, to deliver them from death and preserve them in spite of famine.” (Ps 33:18-19)
Week#3 (20th Sunday in Ordinary Time)
Theme: We seek what is above when we persevere and fix our eyes on Jesus.
Promise: "The Lord heard my cry. He drew me out of the pit of destruction …; he made firm my steps.” (Ps 40:1-2)
Week#4 (21th Sunday in Ordinary Time)
Theme: We seek what is above when we strive to endure our trials with discipline.
Promise: “… all discipline seems a cause not for joy but for pain, yet later it brings the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who are trained by it.” (Hb 12:11)