March 13, 2006 – Fifth Sunday of Lent

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So Much Rubbish

That’s how I feel about so many things I see today.
Facebook. YouTube. Buzzfeed.
Internet Trolls. Clickbait.

This word stuck out to me as I read through the readings this week. St. Paul uses the word when talking about the things of this world when compared with Christ. I have heard other translations that use the word “loss.” The line is :

“I consider everything as a loss because of the supreme good of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have accepted the loss of all things and I consider them so much rubbish, that I may gain Christ and be found in him…”

Notice that he didn’t say that these things are inherently bad, they’re just rubbish. One of the things I’ve tried to do this lent is to really limit the amount of time I spend with “rubbish,” those things that are not bad, they’re just not the greatest good.

I often challenge and ask myself “is this the best use of my time? Is this the greatest good?” We have more tools than ever to communicate and entertain ourselves. Every song at our fingertips. Every question just a google search away. But so often, these aids can become barriers or distractions.

St. Paul is challenging us to keep things in the proper perspective. As lent continues for a few more weeks, press on toward the goal, the prize of God’s upward calling. Do not grow weary in your prayer and sacrifices. If you’ve fallen short of your goal, pick yourself up and commit again until the end of lent. Then, the sharing of Christ’s sufferings will help us attain a share in His resurrection on Easter.

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