How often do you make room for God’s presence—to adore Him, to love Him, to praise Him? How often do you find yourself prioritizing things of this world, struggling to make time for God? What does the voice of God sound like, amidst all of the noise?
Although I have tried my best to detach myself from worldly pleasures, I will admit that it can sometimes feel impossible to do so while living in a world that requires such an attachment to survive. But there is a way to find balance while also leading a life filled with purpose: it starts with distinguishing ordered and disordered attachments. By establishing an ordered attachment to God, we can free ourselves from disorderly attachments such as money, reputation, and honor.
The readings from this week foreshadow the end of the world as we know it in a rather unsettling way. Jesus warns us to not fall victim to the words of those that speak falsely in the name of the Lord. He does not want us to fear what is to come and reminds us that if we stay loyal to Him, we will be given the strength to persevere and will be saved. This world is undeniably corrupt and plagued by injustice, however, we can fight against it and lead by example as Jesus once did for us. As long as this world exists, we must be intentional with our time and work to help the global majority suffering from injustice.
While I once was intimidated by the way the end was described in the Bible, I have reframed my interpretation of what the end means. One day, there will be no more earthly barriers that separate us from God’s love. No more disordered attachments, no more injustice, no more distractions. One day, after leading a life filled with faith, love, and hope, God will welcome us home with open arms.
Selena Alamir is a student at John Carroll University on the pre-med track. She is majoring in Spanish and minoring in Peace, Justice, and Human Rights. Selena hopes to one day become a surgeon and volunteer in developing countries to combat the lack of health care accessibility in poverty-stricken communities. At school, she is a mentor for minority students through the Center for Student Diversity and Inclusion, a student liaison through the Center for Service and Social Action, and a Spanish tutor. In her free time, Selena loves to travel, volunteer, spend time on the Lake, and discover small businesses in Cleveland.