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I'll Leave The Light On

Monday of the Twenty-ninth Week in Ordinary Time

My dear encountered couples:

Ever have your car break down on your vacation and you end up in a motel for several days? That’s like our lives here on earth. We are like in a motel until our car (that is, our soul) gets fixed so we can move on to our final destination.

We might enjoy staying at a motel. It may even be five star with a luxurious room overlooking our favorite interstate, satellite TV, a fully stocked bar, and a refrigerator that makes ice cubes so we don’t have to walk down the hall. We might be able to take the elevator to an elegant dining room, a cozy coffee shop, or a dance club with a live band. We can sun ourselves on the rooftop next to a sparkling pool or try our swimming skills in the indoor Olympic pool. We can keep in shape in the exercise room, broil in a steam room, or get swished about in a Jacuzzi.

We must remember, this world is only a motel, it is not our home, it is not our final destination. So, let’s not get too settled in or overly attached. “I will say to myself,” said the man in the parable: “Relax, eat heartily, drink well, enjoy yourself.’ But God said to him, ‘You fool! This very night your life shall be required of you. To whom will all this piled-up wealth of yours go?’ ‘That is the way it goes,’ declares Jesus, ‘with the man who grows rich for himself instead of growing rich in the sight of God.”

You and I are going to have to check out of this motel. Let us not waste a lot of time trying to make ourselves comfortable here. This is only temporary. “Your room is ready with me,” says God. “I’ll leave the light on.”

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