17th Sunday of the Year – Making Choices

Making Choices

Study:  What decisions am I facing right now?  What resources can I turn to for guidance and direction?

Pray:  How does my faith in Jesus Christ help direct my choices?  Ask the Lord for insight!

Serve: Can I help someone right now who is facing a difficult choice?

17th Sunday of the Year Readings

Fr. Andrew’s Homily

Do you remember the old game show  Let’s Make a Deal?  The host was Monty Hall, a smooth talking guy who would present possible options to contestants.  Those lucky few who were selected could take a certain gift in front of them, or they could choose from behind door number 1, 2, or 3 for an unknown prize.

The catch was that no one knew what was behind the door.  Sometimes it was a bogus prize, worthless and unusual.  Sometimes it was a fabulous gift, many times more valuable than the first prize they could have had.

I use to “play” the game with my grandmother.  She and I would pretend that we were contestants.  We would decide whether we would have stayed with what we knew, or would have risked it on something unknown.  (And just for the record:   Grandma almost always won…..)

The principle of the game was simple.  Do you stay with what you have or do you risk it in the hope of winning much, much more?  When is it enough?  When are we satisfied? What is it that we really want?

Here are three points that often surface:
* Risk – What’s it worth to us?
* Priorities – What’s important to us?
* Satisfaction – When is it enough for us?

The game show’s appeal was strong because it was grounded in the same issues we face everyday.  Life is filled with uncertainty and new challenges; we are routinely confronted with choices which require us to make decisions that can have great and small consequences on our lives.  We have to explore a variety of questions, and in the process we learn a great deal about who we really are.

In the Scriptures today these choices are highlighted in the selection of Solomon and the Pearl of great price.  Confronted by choices, the people in the readings determine risk, priority, and satisfaction before making their decision.

The same is true for us.  God gives us opportunities everyday to make choices that reveal the content of our hearts.  Through our actions and decisions we discover what we value.  As we examine our lives this day, may we seek God first as we look to the Lord for guidance and wisdom to make good decisions.

About Fr. Andrew Ricci

A Catholic priest since 1997, Fr. Andrew Ricci is currently the rector of the Cathedral of Christ the King in Superior, WI. His website "Three Great Things" can be found at studyprayserve.com and his podcasts can be found under "Catholic Inspiration" in the iTunes store. View all posts by Fr. Andrew Ricci

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