A reading from the holy Gospel according to Luke 16:1-13
"Jesus said to his disciples, "A rich man had a steward who was reported to him for squandering his property. He summoned him and said, 'What is this I hear about you? Prepare a full account of your stewardship, because you can no longer be my steward.' The steward said to himself, 'What shall I do, now that my master is taking the position of steward away from me? I am not strong enough to dig and I am ashamed to beg. I know what I shall do so that, when I am removed from the stewardship, they may welcome me into their homes.' He called in his master's debtors one by one. To the first he said, 'How much do you owe my master?' He replied, 'One hundred measures of olive oil.' He said to him, 'Here is your promissory note. Sit down and quickly write one for fifty.' Then to another the steward said, 'And you, how much do you owe?' He replied, 'One hundred kors of wheat.' The steward said to him, 'Here is your promissory note; write one for eighty.' And the master commended that dishonest steward for acting prudently. " For the children of this world are more prudent in dealing with their own generation than the children of the light. I tell you, make friends for yourselves with dishonest wealth, so that when it fails, you will be welcomed into eternal dwellings. The person who is trustworthy in very small matters is also trustworthy in great ones, and the person who is dishonest in very small matters is also dishonest in great ones. If, therefore, you are not trustworthy with dishonest wealth, who will trust you with true wealth? If you are not trustworthy with what belongs to another, who will give you what is yours? No servant can serve two masters. He will either hate one and love the other, or be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and mammon." The Gospel of the Lord
Prayer: Come Holy Spirit, fill my soul, open my mind and heart to you the Eternal Truth. Amen
"You cannot serve both God and mammon." What is mammon? How often do we read this and say to ourselves; 'I don't serve mammon' But, what is mammon actually, because this passage is addressed to the 'disciples' and that means us. There are many definitions, but the Greek for it, simply put is; serving 'a false idol.' When I think of 'serving', I think of a waitress job I had, when I was a teenager. I would listen carefully to what the customer wanted and how they wanted it. I would try to 'serve' it to them in a timely manner, as beautifully as I could, with a smile. The 'smile' meant (to me) that I willingly am happy to do this, I choose to do it. I would try to notice when they lifted their hand or raised their eyes in search of something or to beckon me. No matter how many times they called, I went and did what they needed immediately, After awhile, i learned how to 'anticipate the request' because I could understand what was being asked. So 'service' meant; listening both with my ears and my heart, watching, waiting, serving, fulfilling, anticipating, doing anything and everything no matter how small or how humble the task, and doing it consistently, willingly with a smile. Service meant essentially' 'being at the other's disposal totally. Let us return to the first question, what is mammon in my life and how do I 'serve mammon?' Where and when do I 'do these things' respond in this manner, but not for the Lord? What 'false idols' do I 'beckon to' and wait on? Perhaps its a 'Title', or a position of prestige or power, possibly its popularity or money, gluttony, obsessive attention to body image, 'bling' that 'glitz' on my body to attract notice, or an 'apple watch because its the new thing' or fancy cars or possessions which eventually only end up 'possessing us.' I recall as a young sister in the Missionaries of Charity, Mother (Teresa) always told us, we could find our 'false idol-our mammon' very simply by reflecting upon where are thoughts go throughout the day. Our Lord is teaching us in this passage many things, but perhaps one lesson most important is the lesson of how to Love simply, keeping our focus, keeping our heart in peace in Him. Because peace of heart flows from keeping one's heart in Christ. We cannot walk with one foot on one road and one foot on the other...we will 'snap!' An undivided heart then looks like 'Love', Christs Love My Lord and My God, I love you, what is dividing my heart from you? What is stealing my Peace-stealing 'You'?
"The Fruit of Silence is Prayer, the Fruit of Prayer is Faith, the Fruit of Faith is Love, the Fruit of Love is Service and the Fruit of Service is Peace." (St. Mother Teresa of Calcutta)
*Note: This weeks Lectio was delayed a bit, we just welcomed on board 8 new young adult - Missionary Interns and 2 new Sisters! Beginning next week, we are beginning something new here. The Lectio's will be a short Audio and then we hope to make them short Videos, we are working on the lighting and sound! Stay tuned!