Saturday 28 August 2021

Saturday of Week 31 Year 1

What do we ultimately look for in life? Do we look for a happy and prosperous life here on earth, or do we seek eternal life? We say that we seek eternal life, but sometimes we may end up focusing a lot on our lives here on earth, and neglect our relationship with God. When we do so, we end up becoming more and more accustomed to the ways of the world, and drift away from the ways of Christ. At the end of the day, is this what we really want? Do we seek only what is temporary, and risk being alienated from God?

In today's Gospel, we are reminded, "No servant can be the slave of two masters: he will either hate the first and love the second, or treat the first with respect and the second with scorn. You cannot be the slave both of God and of money." The Gospel reading is not trying to tell us that we should forget about our lives here on earth, since we still need to survive and care for our loved ones and ourselves. What the Gospel reading is telling us is this: if we choose to serve God, then we should focus our priorities on growing in relationship with God, while not neglecting our responsibilities here on earth. May we choose our master wisely, since what we choose would have temporal or eternal consequences.

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