Saturday of the Thirty First Week in Ordinary Time
I will make that sacrificial donation to charity that I have been putting off.
Luke 16: 9-15
Father in heaven, I come to you today
to praise and worship you. In my faith, I reach out to you, knowing that you love me and are leading
me to heaven. I trust in your mercy and boundless love.
Lord, help me to break the disordered
attachments in my life.
1. Earning Trust:
Parents know well what this means! Discovering that your teenage child's
story about being at a friend's house studying was just that ó a story ó makes for a very unpleasant
realization. Trust has been broken. After the grounding takes effect, the speech is then delivered:
Here's what you do if you want to earn back our trust Certainly the family car won't be lent out
again until progress in the small things has been seen. That's the message Jesus has for us today.
Our sins are like the trust-breakers of the teenage kid. They show we aren't ready for God's
greatest gifts, so we have to start with the small things. Each grace we respond to opens the door
to receiving another grace. If we are trustworthy in very small matters, we can be trusted with the
greater. Following through on the everyday graces will someday lead to the grace of graces: the
2. God and/or Mammon:
Part of earning trust with God is getting our priorities straight. Taking
a God-AND-mammon approach to life is similar to trying to say the rosary while watching television.
The Hail Mary's may come out, but they do so with as much reflection as is put into breathing. We
simply can't have our cake and eat it too. Foolishly entertaining any bad habits (our personal
version of mammon) that erode our commitment shows God that we are not spiritually mature enough to
be fully trusted. On the other hand, when we take a determined step to break these attachments, we
make a big step forward. God must come first!
3. Human Eyes See Only Part of the
Naturally, this effort to live a God-centered life is going to generate mixed reactions. The
Pharisees scorn Jesus for this: To them, he seems totally naive about money. Like them, if we see
things only from a merely human perspective, big chunks of reality elude us. Jesus is the one who
has the complete picture. We can trust him completely to lead us in the right direction. We won't
need to hedge our bets with human props for our sense of security.
Lord Jesus, thank you for helping me to realize
that your grace is
more important than anything
I could ever have in this
Break the hold of mammon in my life
so that I might serve you with greater
purity of intention.
I will make that sacrificial donation to charity that
I have been putting off.