An antidote that guards against greed contains Gratitude, Contentment, Stewardship, Generosity, and Prayer. May we take a daily dose and live our lives with the grace of our faith in Christ.
Monthly Archives: July 2016
Here’s a question: Would you be willing to die for your faith? Both Jeremiah and John the Baptist are put to the test, and we know that today people are killed for following Christ. May our lives reveal our love for the Lord…in both life and death.
Martha reveals a faith in Jesus that is real and direct. May our lives mirror her example as we strive to follow Christ with conviction and authenticity.
The Lord teaches us that at the end of time we will all be judged. As we place our lives in the Potter’s Hands, we are shaped and molded to be ready for the Kingdom of Heaven.
The Kingdom of Heaven is precious, worth more than any treasure on earth. Are we willing to order our lives in Christ so that we are ready to dwell there?
Jesus explains a parable to the disciples, showing how one day we will all face final judgment for our lives.
The Last Judgment, Michelangelo, 1536-1541, Sistine Chapel, Vatican.
Study: Are there situations in life where you find greed present? Ask yourself what is the source of this excessive hunger for more.
Pray: Call upon the Lord for the grace to use your resources wisely.
Serve: How can you be generous with your life today?
The Lord cautions us to “guard against all greed” in the Gospel today, yet another reminder of the timeless power of our faith to speak to the human heart. Let’s take a moment to break down some common aspects of greed:
- Self-centered, focusing on “what I want”
- Excessive, always wanting more
- Applies to a wide variety of human wants – money, fame, power, food, etc.
Greed disregards the needs of others as the individual focuses entirely on self. Seeking more and more, it pushes other things aside in a quest to acquire. And while we often associate greed with money, the Lord’s warning against all forms of greed is apt…we can be greedy about so many things!
So what’s the cure? How do we combat greed in our lives? Here are some key ingredients:
- Gratitude – being thankful for what we have
- Contentment – seeing the blessings in our lives
- Stewardship – using wisely the resources in our care
- Generosity – sharing the gifts of life with those in need
- Prayer – fostering our relationship with God, the source of all gifts
By weaving these elements into our lives we cultivate a perspective that sees all resources as gifts from God that are to be used wisely and well. We have been richly blessed by the Lord! May we live and share our lives in such a way that Christ’s love shines through all that we do.
Our relationships – with God and one another – form the framework of our lives. In light of the readings today we strive to heal those relationships that are broken and make even stronger those that are well.
The parable of the weeds and the wheat speaks to both the reality of sin and final judgment. We know that sin is part of our lives, and we have the opportunity to seek the Lord’s forgiveness now…because one day we will all stand before the judgment seat of God.
She is the first person Jesus appears to after his resurrection. Mary Magdalene, a “sinner” who found in Christ forgiveness and compassion, becomes our model today. May we, in our own weakness and sin, see Christ and respond with love to his call.
Appearance of Jesus Christ to Maria Magdalena, Alexander Andreyevich Ivanov, 1835, Location currently unknown.