The readings all reveal different ways our faith interacts with everyday life. Rather than create a false separation, we have a daily opportunity to live our faith in our normal circumstances…so that when people see us, they see Jesus Christ shining through.
Both the Letter to the Ephesians and the Gospel of Matthew offer insights into how the Lord calls us (with all our imperfections) in various ways, giving us the grace we need for the work entrusted to our care.
Life presents us a variety of situations – good, bad and ugly – and often we can be tempted to look for the failures and limitations of those around us. Rather than finding fault we have the opportunity to foster our faith as we seek God’s presence is all aspects of our lives.
This Sunday’s scripture readings give us a practical perspective from which to view some “real world” issues that surface in daily life.
1st Reading – God’s rebuke about bad business practices
Psalm – “Praise the Lord who lifts up the poor.”
2nd Reading – Pray for our civic leaders
Gospel – A parable about using wealth to secure lasting relationships
And who says the Church shouldn’t talk about Business & Politics?! The prophet Amos offers harsh words about those who cheat to make a profit, and Timothy urges the community to pray for those in authority “that we may lead a quiet and tranquil life.”
Far from out of touch, these passages remind us yet again of the timeless quality of Scripture to speak to enduring human concerns. Our communities rely on a strong and supportive leadership that fosters peace and prosperity. Amid political rhetoric we are constantly reminded that we are as strong as we are united, and as weak as we are divided.
Thus the Gospel helps us understand that “God and Mammon” cannot compete with one another; rather, we put the Lord first and see our work and social interactions through the eyes of faith. Money and natural resources are crucial for human life to thrive, and when people are cooperating and stewarding these practical elements under the guidance of a clear moral vision we discover the power that our faith in Jesus Christ brings to all aspects of our lives.