Today’s Gospel: Luke 16:9-15 – St. Martin of Tours
When reflecting upon today’s Gospel, the first thing that came to mind was my desire to have enough, to have more. I told myself, well, it doesn’t apply here because it is for my family. But the truth is, it’s for myself as well. I connected especially to verse 16: “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.”
I connected with this verse because sometimes I find myself working more, to earn more, to have more. Although I don’t like to admit it, sometimes I serve the master of materialism, the master of money. Upon reflection, I knew I had to make a choice, serve the master of money or God. Just as the Scripture says, I cannot serve two masters…one has to go. That doesn’t mean I can’t provide for my family, but it does mean that working more with the motivation to earn more so I can get more, shouldn’t be my master, especially at the expense of my family or my relationship with God.
This weekend was the first time I can recall spending time with my family, being completely present. Not a single moment was given away to work worries. I was living in the moment, truly enjoying being with my family. I felt happy and complete. Working is a part of my life but isn’t and shouldn’t be the main focus of my life. It had become so. As I returned home that Sunday afternoon I decided to serve God through embracing the gift of life with those God has given me, with those I love, instead of serving the master of materialism and money.
Am I serving a master other than God? If so, how can I change that?
Father, guide me so I don’t get caught up in serving the wrong master. Help me stay focused and choose You as my master.
Copyright 2017 Lorrie Lane Dyer
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