yesterday's reading in Treasury, but might have been the day before: "for godliness is of value in every way, as it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come." (1 Tim 4:8) It struck me again how utterly true that is: "promise for the present life."
Godliness, the life lived in communion with the Blessed Trinity, receiving all as gift and offering thanks and praise to Father, Son, and Holy Spirit and loving service to our neighbor - well, there's just not a better way to live, is there? I remember hearing someone remark along those lines: if the whole thing were a fraud (which, of course, it absolutely is not!), still living here as a Christian is better than any other way of living. And when we remember that this present joy is only the appetizer for the Feast??? Wow!
When we see the immense sadness that sin brings in our lives when it is embraced, coddled, even celebrated; when we see the untold damage that doing your own thing does to you as a person and to those around you - then we appreciate even more the words of St. Paul about godliness and we pray that we might always hold them in our heart and help others to see that repentance and faith landing us in doxology and service really IS what life is all about.