“But whatever gains I had, these I have come to consider a loss because of Christ.” There is nothing that we have here and now that can overcome the goodness of our Lord Jesus Christ. If we have Christ in our lives and make Him the center of all our thoughts, works, and actions there is no need for anything else.
Today we remember the memorial of St. Charles Borromeo patron saint of learning and the arts. Learning is a never ending process for we are called to always learn about our faith. The more we learn, the more we grow. If we let go of our earthly desires perhaps we could experience what Saint Paul experienced so profoundly. As we reflect on the readings we renew our desire to grow ever stronger in the faith. By letting go of those gains that distract us we will gain something much greater, we will gain a stronger relationship with the Lord who can help us do all things.