School Education has given us the 3R’s (Reading, Writing, ’Rithmetic) and then came the other two – Right Conduct and Right Reasoning. And summer gives us “R & R”…for Rest and Relaxation (and also Recreation).

This is the time for that much-needed rest and relaxation. We try to get a break from our labors. And we refresh ourselves by doing things that we enjoy and spending time with family and friends and loved ones.

Life’s pressures can create burden for us. The Lord offers us rest and provides us means to overcome our day-to-day worries and anxieties. And we also know that in this world we experience that constant battle between the flesh and spirit. St. Paul contrasts the two ways of living – life in the flesh and life in the sprit. For St. Paul “flesh” represents all material striving, not just the physical body, and “spirit” is the Holy Spirit and all that draws us upward and forward to share in the life of Christ. Flesh is human nature in all its limitations that sometimes lead us away from God; and spirit is a life attuned to God. So often we try to do what is good but the enjoyments of this world pull us away from our spiritual values. We are torn between the life of the flesh and the life in spirit.

Let us always remember that all that belongs to the flesh is surely heading to dust. But the Spirit provides us with joys and blessings that will enable us to make our life less burdensome.

Rev. Fr. Reynaldo A. Domagas

(*Reflections for the 14th Sunday in Ordinary Time, July 2, 2011.)

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