We live in a world where our faith and culture are in conflict. Jesus says, carry the cross. Society says, be comfortable. Life should be about physical pleasures. Jesus says, store up treasures in Heaven. Society says, take care of yourself first, and then take care of others if there is anything left. Jesus says, give generously, and trust him to take care of you; let him take care of others through you.
If we turn to the saints as examples, we see some who gave up everything in their fight against this conflict. We see others who continued to live their noble lifestyles, but gave tremendously to the care of others through financial aid and the gift of their time and talent. They lived their lives according to the Gospel in the ways in which they felt called.
God is always calling us to do more; to go deeper. He loves us where we are, and allows us to take baby steps towards being better neighbors; better Christians. He is delighted when we allow the Holy Spirit working in us to foster larger steps, too. The concept is that we are never holy enough. We can always do more. We are on a spiritual journey of constant improvement.
Let us spend some time in prayer today seeking where God is calling us to resolve the conflict in favor of Heaven. Let us ponder anew how we can be more prayerful, more generous, and more loving.