2nd Lectio Post for the 23rd Week in OT: Shorter Gospel Version Option listed in the Liturgy for Sunday
Jesus said to his disciples:
"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 one and despise the other.
You cannot serve both God and mammon."
+Prayer: Come Holy Spirit, Come by the means of the powerful intercession of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, Thy well beloved Spouse.
“You cannot serve both”……both what? Both God and mammon.
In the picture above, here at the foot of the cross, the soldiers are in the Presence of God, in the presence of humble self-emptying Love. And yet they choose “mammon.’ They choose to divide the things of God rather than receive the One who is giving Himself to them. Of course their foolishness may seem obvious but what does this choice look like in our lives?
Perhaps we can seize the Truth when we listen deep in the heart to the voice of God. The Lord is always, always drawing us closer to Himself. God who is Love, who is Self-Emptying, Humble Love, draws us to Himself, and in order to embrace Him, we must let go of what we are clutching onto. This ‘drawing’ will elicit from us a letting go of something in order to receive a someone. Perhaps it begins with letting go of precious time, in order to be with someone who is lonely. Maybe it means letting go of the $100 I was saving and giving it to the little elderly woman I just met at the hospital who clearly could use it more than I. Whatever it may be, serving God will always lead us to a greater self-emptying out of Love so as to be to be filled with God Himself. We can notice the contrast because ‘serving mammon’ will always lead us to grasping, to a self-acquisition of ‘things’ in order to have more for me, in order to feel greater ‘security’ on my own.
Perhaps one of the first good steps might be, to take $100 of hard earned cash and put it in an envelope and find someone to give it to, let go of it. Take something precious you value and give it to someone else. In the measure this ‘rubs’ us, will give us a glimpse of how attached we are to ‘things.’ We cannot serve both, let us pick the ONE who matters!
“Intense Love does not measure it just gives” (St Mother Teresa).