A reading from the holy Gospel according to Matthew 6:24-34
"No one can serve two masters." This first sentence which our Lord speaks to His disciples is a strong statement. He is telling them and us, don't waste your time, it can't be done: "No one can serve two masters." When Truth-Jesus, speaks, we don't have to think about, whether this statement applies to me, it does! Did you ever have a boss who gave you orders that just contradicted what another boss in the office just said to you? Or when you played sports, did the assistant coach ever give you some advice that trumped the main coach's advice to you and you just didn't know what to do because both bits of advice didn't coincide? What did you feel inside? Torn perhaps? The image that comes to my mind in this passage is of the game ; Tug of War! When the game is, 'at its high', when its really intense, both sides are barely moving at all, the middle of rope seems almost not to budge it seems almost without movement. Can you feel the game? Its so tense. The tension between the two sides had the rope so taut, its barely moving. This lack of movement afflicts us as human beings, when we attempt to 'serve both God and mammon' one side eventually weakens and then its over! Just like the game Tug of War, the one side wins by wearing out the stamina of the other side. (mammon- the 'creatures' that separate us from God threaten our stand, they pull us away from God, they wear us down they wear out our stamina in heeding God's voice and they will eventually win, unless we give the battle over to God. The false idols on the throne of our hearts, threaten our peace, our closeness to Jesus. Jesus is the Victor and wants us moving towards His heart, the source of all true Peace and Freedom. What is the 'mammon' in my life, what rules and commands my heart yet leaves me enslaved? Watch where your thoughts go in the day, its like looking at your checkbook register, it points the direction of what's important to us.