A July Faith Formation Series – Part IV – APOSTOLIC
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Many of the gospel messages in the past few weeks warn us through parables and stories of the importance of not becoming comfortable with the riches of this world, lest we devote all our efforts to building up riches in selfish ways rather than sharing them with others. It seems Jesus speaks to us often about the riches of the world being a threat to our eternal life. Are we not to be successful? Is it somehow wrong to work to provide our families and ourselves a comfortable home, a place to grow, spend time together and an opportunity to enjoy a vacation on occasion? Of course not! Jesus wants us to be happy and successful; he desires the best for all of us.
It makes sense to me that if Jesus spoke of this so often it might be because he is concerned about our “losing our way” and perhaps falling into the trap that riches can become. Apparently our brothers and sisters of Jesus time struggled with the temptation to acquire riches and keep them for themselves in the same way that we might today.
Jesus warns us as he calls us to share with others the blessings we have received, to not let the pursuit of wealth lead us in directions that may corrupt our hearts and minds and leave us “lonely at the top”. How might we upon hearing these parables apply them to our lives?
What can we learn from these lessons? And how might doing so bring us closer to God?
When we focus our direction and efforts so they become “other-centered” we can then accomplish what God intended for us. Remember the old Baltimore Catechism question; “Why did God make me?” “To know Him, to love Him, to serve Him and to one day be happy with Him in heaven.” The beauty of the question and answer format of that Catechism is that it did not mince words, it was simple and to the point; short and sweet. We are to be servants to one another. We are to be other-centered, not selfish in and with our accomplishments. Our wealth, whether monetary, intellectual or spiritual is meant to be shared with others, not hoarded for self-gratification. For it is in serving others and sharing the many ways we have been blessed in this life, that we can contribute to the building up of God’s Kingdom each and every day.
Increase in me a love for your people. Draw me close to you and grant me I pray, joy in my accomplishments and knowledge of your presence with me that I may sincerely serve your people. Open my heart to see the needs of others and to recognize opportunity to lift them up. With gratitude for the blessings I have received, I offer myself as an instrument of your love for all people. In your name I pray. Amen.