Simple life

Psalm 119_105

John 21:20-25, Psalm 119:105-112

The number of gadgets we have to make life simpler is amazing. The gadgets on my desk alone connect me to a world of information and allow me to speak to and see people all over the world. It truly is amazing when you think about it. But at some point, these gadgets will either fail or become obsolete.

On my desk there is also a Bible. Yes, we can all access the Bible on our computers or phones, but the book with its pages bound together is the only means among these that will not fail. It will not become obsolete, it does not need to be connected to an external power source and its battery will not run down.

Reading Holy Scripture does not make our earthly problems vanish, nor does it always make our lives simpler. Scripture does, however, help the faithful put life in its proper perspective. Instead of applying the instructions of our advanced society, the Bible helps us follow God’s expectations.

The apostles gave witness to the saving act of God through Christ Jesus. These were written so that we may believe. The only instructions we need to follow are to pray, open the book and then read. Doing such, we remain connected with God, the apostles and all the saints in the mystical body of Christ. Certainly the world and all of its innovations can be used for the purposes of good. But it is God’s Word remains a lamp to our feet and light to our path. Really, it’s just that simple.

Guide me by your Word, O God, that I may learn your ways. Amen.

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