Do Not Belong to the World

May 24, 2023

Each day, I reflect upon a word or phrase inspired by the readings of the day. I encourage you to do the same and perhaps incorporate that word or phrase into your daily prayer.

They do not belong to the world any more than I belong to the world. (John 17:11-19)

DO NOT BELONG TO THE WORLD: In today’s Gospel, John distinguishes between being in this world and of this world.

We were placed on this earth. Good or bad, like it or not, we are in this world. We hold out hope for eternal life in heaven; but for now, we are in this world.

Modern society invites us to be of this world: to embrace self-centeredness, to focus on things rather than people, to lose sight of the dignity of all human beings, and to rely on ourselves rather than on God.

However, we have a choice. We have been given the gift of free will. We can make the decision to hold on to trust in God, to live out our faith, and to answer the call to love God and others.

We can make the decision to be in this world, but not of this world.


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