Letters from a Pastor to His People- September 30, 2018
Nothing is worth more than our souls. Money, our health, the 70-inch flat-screen TV, that Scotch collection in our basement...nothing. We should be willing to do whatever it takes to protect our souls and strengthen them. We should be willing to sacrifice and forgo anything that would endanger our souls.
This is what my namesake, St. James, is getting at in the second reading this weekend. "Your wealth has rotted away, your clothes have become moth-eaten, your gold and silver have corroded, and that corrosion will be a testimony against you; it will devour your flesh like a fire. You have stored up treasure for the last days" (James 5:2-3).
This is also what Jesus is getting at when he says, rather extremely, "If your hand causes you to sin, cut it off" (Mark 9:43).
What's the best thing we can do for our souls? Pray and worship God. Those aren't the only things we need to do, but they are the most important (in my opinion).
We are a spiritual people. We are built for God. We are hard-wired to be in touch with Jesus. When we are not in touch with God, mainly through prayer and worship, we become a hollowed-out version of ourselves.
There are things that pull us away from the spiritual life. They don't necessarily have to, but they can, depending on our personalities. If food or video games or our career become ends in themselves and do not lead us to Jesus, then we need to cut them out, like that hand that causes us to sin in our Lord's example.