Attachment to the wrong things like people, wealth, power and status always cause misery.
Are we attached to the right thing?
In the first reading, we read about Solomon’s attachment. Despite everything God had given him, including a heart of understanding, Solomon still gets it wrong in the end.
In contrast, the mother in today’s Gospel was very attached to her daughter who was going through tremendous suffering. She believed Jesus could heal her daughter and she trusted Him. So, she begged Him and He granted her request. She had the right attachment to the right thing.
The more single-mindedly we are attached to God, the more we will love our family members. When we bring our family members to God, He will be pleased with us and will meet our needs. The more we are distracted by pleasures and things, the less attached we will be to God. The less attached we are the less likely we are to do His Will, which will include loving our family members.
Friends, can we say like St. Francis did, “God I don't want anything except you"?
About Father Pinto Paul, C.S.C.
Father Pinto Paul C.S.C., ordained a priest in the Congregation of Holy Cross in 1999, worked with tribal populations in northeast India as a missionary for ten years. In 2010 he came to the US for further studies. While working as a campus minister at Stonehill College, he assisted pastors in local parishes, led seminars and workshops for teachers and students in the US and earned a master’s degree in Educational Administration from Boston College and a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership from Lesley University, Cambridge. He is currently working as the International Director of the Boston-based Holy Cross Family Ministries with missions in 17 countries.