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Just how rich are we?

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"Lord Jesus, may the fire of your love burn in my heart that I may be wholly devoted to you above all else.”

JUST HOW RICH ARE WE?
 
"Lord Jesus, may the fire of your love burn in my heart that I may be wholly devoted to you above all else.”  
 
Deacon John Ruscheinsky
 
I will begin my reflection today with this prayer, it's a good one.  "Lord Jesus, may the fire of your love burn in my heart that I may be wholly devoted to you above all else. Free me from greed and attachment to material things that I may be generous in using the gifts and resources you give me for your glory and for the good of my neighbor." Amen.
 
Today's Gospel, could be a good sermon on money, but I do not want to reflect on that today. I do want to reflect on the Gospel's last line which deserves some thought. "What is of human esteem is an abomination in the sight of God" (Lk 16:15).  We can apply these words in the most personal way possible to ourselves. To do this we need to examine our situation, where we live, and how we think so many things are so urgent and important. Examples of this could be a preoccupation with watching sports, or even a song we like.  It could be the clothes we wear, a diet we are on, or maybe the media coverage of a political party.  It could also be who we hang with, concerns with money and our future planning for retirement and the list goes on and on.
 
How often we're not willing to face up to the fact that we consider one of these items so terribly important, but yet the amount of time, money, and energy we're willing to spend on the item speaks volumes. A Christian with maturing faith begins to look on the icons of our culture and the things our world holds important with a critical eye. A famous theologian defined religion or even God as that which ultimately concerns us, that which in the long run we consider non-negotiable.
 
Points To Pray And Ponder: Here are some questions to ponder on today:
 
To what do we give my time and attention?
What do I worry about?
What do I plan for?
What occupies my day?
 
We are rich with our heavenly Father's forgiveness, compassion, mercy, love which gives us everlasting life. This should be our motivation in our life!
What is of human esteem is an abomination in the sight of God!
What does your heart most treasure?
 
 
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