Do you long for things that you shouldn't? Maybe they're a desperate desire to be wealthy and have everything at your disposal. Maybe you want to have a different appearance, longing to change yourself and resorting to unhealthy strategies for achieving this. Maybe you seek love, and are willing to do anything and making countless attempts at relationships in order to find it. We're all seeking something more and whether through the longing desperate desire itself, or through the strategies used to achieve this longing, we turn towards sin. We forget that God made us in His very image and likeness, perfect and unique and made for good and to love. We seek things out of greed and desire instead of putting our focus on God, leading us on a path of sin instead of one that continually seeks God. What desires lead you away from God?
Today's Gospel states:'"You have heard that it was said, `You shall not commit adultery.' But I say to you that every one who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart. If your right eye causes you to sin, pluck it out and throw it away; it is better that you lose one of your members than that your whole body be thrown into hell. And if your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away; it is better that you lose one of your members than that your whole body go into hell. "It was also said, `Whoever divorces his wife, let him give her a certificate of divorce.' But I say to you that every one who divorces his wife, except on the ground of unchastity, makes her an adulteress; and whoever marries a divorced woman commits adultery' (Matthew 5:27-32).
In today's Gospel, we hear about the desire to be lustful as a part of our human nature. For people in Jesus' time, this specifically applied to adultery and divorce. It still does, as what God brings together is good and whole. However, more than just sexual desire, there is lusting for change in ourselves, in our very being and having desire out of greed for more than just what we can physically reach. Instead of cutting it out of your life and trying to get rid of the desire, we need to recognize it, ask God to help us move past and learn to put our full attention on being people of God, of love. Take some time to ask God to help you seek His presence above all else.
Today's prayer comes from 'Catholic online' a prayer to love God above all else:
God, my Father, may I love You in all things and above all things. May I reach the joy which You have prepared for me in Heaven. Nothing is good that is against Your Will, and all that is good comes from Your Hand. Place in my heart a desire to please You and fill my mind with thoughts of Your Love, so that I may grow in Your Wisdom and enjoy Your Peace. Amen.