To put God in the first place in our life means to decide for life, for love, for mercy, for the light, for the way and for the truth.

“In this time when, due to the spirit of consumerism, one forgets what it means to love and to Cherish true values…” …Mary touches upon a great problem in the world, and at the same time offers us a solution to it. The spirit of consumerism only knows the material, only knows money and enjoyment; and through this, the spirit of consumerism can also lead to destruction. It really is that through the materialistic spirit we can no longer love and in truth have lost all our values. It already suffices to think about how many people destroy their lives through drugs and alcohol, how many people kill the unborn life, how many people no longer even in the slightest way give value to truth, love, justice and life, but only their money, their success, that which they think and that which they need. Such a situation is really a blindness. When we have forgotten or no longer know what it means to love, when we no longer recognize the true values, then it is said that we are blind. It is for this reason that Mary offers us the solution…

“I invite you again, little children, to put God in the first place in your life” On this Feast of the Annunciation we may once again think about what happened in Paradise. Adam and Eve allowed themselves to be misled by the beauty of the apple. They decided to open their hearts to temptation and to close it to God. Whatever happened there to Adam and Eve, they decided against God and therefore God was no longer in the first place in their lives. In allowing themselves to sin and that which now separated them from the others, they had forgotten what it means to love and to trust, and thereby they could no longer cherish true values. To put God in the first place in our life means to decide for life, for love, for mercy, for the light, for the way and for the truth. It is only for our own good to decide for God and to give Him the first place in our life. God does not come to rule, but to serve. he comes to us as bread, as the word, as the truth and as life, but before we can give Him the first place in our life, we must decide to fight against the false Gods and the idols in our lives and in the world.

–Fr. Slavko’s (partial reflection) March 25, 1996.

Psalm 1
Blessed are they who hope in the Lord.
Blessed the man who follows not
the counsel of the wicked
Nor walks in the way of sinners,
nor sits in the company of the insolent,
But delights in the law of the LORD
and meditates on his law day and night.
Blessed are they who hope in the Lord.
He is like a tree
planted near running water,
That yields its fruit in due season,
and whose leaves never fade.
Whatever he does, prospers.
Blessed are they who hope in the Lord.
Not so, the wicked, not so;
they are like chaff which the wind drives away.
For the LORD watches over the way of the just,
but the way of the wicked vanishes.
Blessed are they who hope in the Lord.

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