True Riches

” They shall be like a tree planted by water, sending out its roots by the stream. It shall not fear when heat comes, and its leaves shall stay green; in the year of drought it is not anxious, and it does not cease to bear fruit.” In today’s first reading, Prophet Jeremiah speaks of trust in the Lord. Our trust in the Lord might not always be present, especially during hard and difficult times…even one who trusts in the Lord must deal with the heat of the desert and the hardships of the weather. As humans we have to face various moments of trial, where our belief is tested and our character woven carefully and delicately by all challenges and moments we face. A perfect example of such hard and difficult moment can be found in Lasarus’s parable, where a poor begger eats the crumbs from underneath the rich man’s table. Though it may be desirable to be rich in this life and the next, that’s not the point of Jesus’ story. Remember that the beggar can be nearer to God than the banker, the cardinal, the CEO or the government minister. The true measure of a person’s worth is the spiritual goodness of the heart.


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