BIBLICAL POINT OF REFERENCE:
"For through the law I died to the law, that I might live for God. I have been crucified with Christ; yet I live, no longer I, but Christ lives in me; insofar as I now live in the flesh, I live by faith in the Son of God who has loved me and given himself up for me."
The priest at my parish this weekend brought up some really interesting points in his homily, the most important being that it should be everyone's goal to get to Heaven. This made me think, of course, about death. I don't mean like thinking about how I or anyone else could die, but what if the circumstances of said possible death was because of our faith? Or what if we had a choice to give up our life for someone else? What would that mean?
I think it would mean that we would have to die to ourselves first before we could even consider dying for someone else. What do I mean by dying to ourselves? I mean letting go of the material objects that we have on earth, and giving up the anxieties that this world presents us with, in order to take up faith in God more fully. And this is what the priest this weekend meant: in order to get to Heaven, we need to die to ourselves, take up our crosses, and follow the Lord. It's all a lasting cycle that gets us to eternal life! So my challenge for you ladies today is to die to yourselves; release the earthly worries, wants, and materials that we hold at such sentimental value, and take up a life in Christ so that you can meet Him in Heaven someday. Your Laughing Sister, Callahan P.S. Just a note on this - by dying to yourself, you are living the way God has called you to. Don't give up - He hasn't given up on you!