“We should love Him above all, as our highest good.” –From “Sermon in a Sentence: A Treasury of Quotations on the Spiritual Life; Vol. 5: St. Thomas Aquinas,” pg. 141. Selected and Arranged by John. P. McClernon.
Take a moment and think of all the many legitimate goods we have in life. We (hopefully) have a roof over our heads, shoes on our feet, clothes on our bodies and food to eat. We have families that have cared for us, teachers that have helped us learn, and all the material items necessary for our state of life. Many of us even have several lovely extras, things that we do not need but provide us with comfort or ease in our duties. We have loved ones and friends who comfort us in pain and rejoice with us in gladness.
But even all of these goods, which those of the world deem so necessary to a happy and fulfilled life, are surpassed by the greatest Good, “our highest good,” God Himself. He made us, He redeemed us, and He sanctifies us. He gives us our every breath and all of our necessities for each day. He has revealed Himself to us in manifold ways and instructed us on how to live a life pleasing to Him. He died on the Cross for love of us, suffering excruciating torments, all so we could be with Him. Why else would He do all of these things for us, unless He knew that He was our greatest Good, and to lose Him would be to lose everything?
Let us focus this Lent on our greatest Good by distancing ourselves from the partial goods that we find here on earth, and make it our goal to love Him above all other things, for He is greater than the sum of all other goods, being Goodness Itself, and our soul’s true desire.