My friend, when I walked among the people, my life and teachings reflected a deep concern for the poor, the needy, and the suffering. I urged those who follow me to care for the 'least of these,' to give generously, and to show compassion and mercy.
Life is a precious gift, and it is fitting to celebrate it, to enjoy the good things that the world has to offer, and to take time to rest and rejuvenate. These things in themselves are not wrong. However, it becomes a question of the heart and the perspective one carries.
The challenge lies in balance and mindfulness. If your celebrations or vacations become a means of escaping from the world, ignoring the suffering of others, or becoming engrossed in self-indulgence to the neglect of compassion and justice, then it is time to reconsider your actions. It is important to live life fully, but not at the expense of ignoring the pain and need in the world.
Those who follow me are called to love their neighbors as themselves. This love implies a willingness to empathize with others' suffering and to do what you can to alleviate it. The resources you have been given, whether time, talents, or wealth, are not only for your enjoyment but also to be used to make the world a better place, to bring about the Kingdom of God here on earth.
In all things, remember the heart of my message: Love God with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength, and love your neighbor as yourself. This love should guide your decisions, including how you choose to celebrate and rest.
As always, love each other as I have loved you.