2020-07-2617th Sunday in Ordinary TimeRev. Msgr. Michael J. Motta, D.Min.

When we face a terrible tragedy in our lives, how do we handle it?

How do we answer the ultimate questions about life and death?

Does being a Christian, a follower of Jesus Christ, make a difference?

St. Paul says in today`s second reading in his letter to the Romans: "We know that all things work for good for those who love God."

When you love God with your whole heart and soul, you believe that even in the midst of suffering and hardship that God loves you and that there is a meaning and purpose to it all.

When we face hardship in our lives, there will be people who offer us help and comfort. Most of these people are faith-filled. Not only do they believe in God but they also believe in heaven. They believe that Jesus will walk with us in our suffering.

Times of trial and difficulty in our lives help us to determine what is most important in our lives.

What is the treasure that we seek? What is the pearl we desire? What is it that we want people saying about us at our funeral? What would we like to be written in our obituary?

I hope that this does not sound morbid. As Christians, we do believe that life is not ended. We believe that life is transformed. We only live a short time on earth. Let`s make the most of the time that we have. Let`s make a difference for good so that we can live with God forever in heaven.

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