I hope this picture displays what I am trying to say below…?
Reading: No servant can serve two masters. He will either hate one and love the other, or be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon.” (Luke 16:13)
Observation: I have heard this verse interpreted by preachers as an explanation of having too much of a dependence on money. What I think I was hearing yesterday, when I read this verse in the Gospel readings for yesterday’s Mass readings, was a call to live my life without any concern about money. Everyone wants to give you advice about being a good steward of your money, when in reality you should give it all to God and he will take care of you. If you work hard and have all of the best intentions to take care of your responisibilities, God will see that and make sure that you have enough or he will see that you are not relying on him and take it all away until you learn how to rely on him. Of course, I think this message is intended for me, but I think it could apply to any believer who wants to give up their dependence on wealth of this world because it could disappear in an instant and that is not where we are called to focus our energy.
Personification: Patience (Latin: longanimitas) I am hearing the call today to display the fruit of patience in my life when it comes to every aspect of it. I am hearing this morning to be more attentive to my wife and her needs rather than my own selfish needs. I am hearing a call to be more attentive to my children’s needs rather than trying to make what worked for me when I was a child work for them. I am hearing a call to be more attentive to the youth ministry’s needs rather that what to think they will be better off just doing what worked for me in learning to walk with the Lord.
Prayer: Lord, help me to be patient like you have been with me for all these years that I have been struggling to follow you. Please show me the way to help light the path of righteousness for everyone around me. I ask this, as always, in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.