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Sir 3:2-6, 12-14
Ps 127
Col 3:12-21
Mt 2: 13-15, 19-23

Today readings deal with our relationship to eldery parents. It impresses upon us our responsibility to revere and care for them, especially in their failing years.

Psalm 127
1 Unless the LORD builds the house,
the builders labor in vain.
Unless the LORD watches over the city,
the guards stand watch in vain.
2 In vain you rise early
and stay up late,
toiling for food to eat—
for he grants sleep to those he loves.
3 Children are a heritage from the LORD,
offspring a reward from him.
4 Like arrows in the hands of a warrior
are children born in one’s youth.
5 Blessed is the man
whose quiver is full of them.
They will not be put to shame
when they contend with their opponents in court.

Psalm 127 is a word for workaholic.
Psalm 127 is one of the most practical passages in the Bible. It deals with two areas of our life that demand most of our time and cause us the most trouble. They are also the two areas which often compete with each other for our attention and energy. The two areas are those of our work and our family.

Do you know that a workaholic is actually selfish?
While he is out in society saving humanity at a work pace of eighty to a hundred hours a week, he is selfishly ignoring his wife and children.
To work 80 hours a week, you need to work 11.4 hours a day, 7 days a week. We are in this range.
To work 100 hours a week, you need to work 14.3 hours a day, 7 days a week. Tough!

A workaholic helps mankind partially out of love and compassion, but mostly as an unconscious compensation for his insecurity, and as a means of fulfilling both his strong need for society’s approval and his driving urge to be perfect. He is self-critical and deep within himself feels inferior. He feels like a nobody, and spends the bulk of his life working at a frantic pace to prove to himself that he is really not (as he suspects deep within) a nobody. In his own eyes, and in the eyes of society, he is the epitome of human dedication.

References:
http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Psalm+127&version=NIV
http://bible.org/seriespage/psalm-127-word-workaholics

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Written by blueroselady

December 26, 2010 at 3:16 pm

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