Daily Gospel Reflection for November 11, 2017 - St. Martin of Tours

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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.

Ponder:

Am I serving a master other than God? If so, how can I change that?

Pray:

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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Lorrie Lane Dyer is a religious education and parish coordinator at her local Catholic Church. She is also a facilitator for the Virtual Learning Community for Faith Formation with the University of Dayton. She has a BA in Theology, with a minor in Creative Writing. She is working on her Master of Leadership Development, with a focus in Military Chapel programs at St. Mary of the Woods College, with the intention to continue her education to earn a PhD. She has written poetry and short stories for over thirty years. Her faith provides her with inspiration for many of her poetry collections, columns and short stories. Lorrie was the creator, editor and writer for The Catholic World, St. Francis of Assisi, has been published in numerous anthologies.

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