The American dream; success in our chosen profession, a beautiful home to live in, a vehicle for every licensed driver in the family, a cabin at the lake and toys, lots of toys: boats, snowmobiles, cycles, pools, hot tubs, campers and motorhomes, pontoons, kayaks and jet skis, etc. etc. Doesn’t it all sound wonderful? It does, and all of it can be a blessing in our lives as it provides excitement and great times with family and friends, yet all these things have the potential to draw us away from time with God.
You remember the story in the Frist Reading this week; the faithful people waiting for Moses to come down from the mountain losing their patience and together building a golden calf to worship. We, as faithful Christians can fall into the practice of putting “things” in the place of God in our lives. What has become our golden calf in this world?
Scripture and the Catholic Church do not teach that we can or should not be successful. But we are cautioned or warned against losing sight of what is really important in life; our relationship with God. Do we put as much energy and time into building our relationship with God as we do to building and accumulating wealth and success? Have we put the practice of our faith on the back burner because we are consumed with the desire for things that will give us instant pleasure?
This week we are challenged by the message in the Sunday Scriptures. We are challenged to take a good and honest look at how we live our lives as Christians. If we are followers of Christ, we cannot put all of our energy into accumulating wealth and position in this world.
For what will become of our ultimate goal of sharing eternity with God? If we are so busy with all that this world offers that we find ourselves making excuses about why we do not attend Mass or receive the sacraments, share our wealth with the poor or spend time daily in conversation with God, how can we hope to enter heaven and become one with God?
Let us take time this week for that honest examination of self and our life’s ambitions. Let us not condemn ourselves or feel that somehow we have failed. Rather, let us call upon our Lord to assist us in taking time to put into focus that which will ensure our eternal life and nurture our relationship with God.
The Catechism of the Catholic Church states, “God never ceases to draw man [humanity] to himself.” He has instilled in every person a desire for a relationship with him. Let us not be misled in our journey to God by succumbing to desires of this finite world.
October 17, 2020
A July Faith Formation Series – Part IV – APOSTOLIC