The crowds had listened to Jesus. They had seen the healings and witnessed the miracle of the fishes and loaves. They had been nourished body and soul by the Lord’s presence, and after hearing the “Bread of Life” discourse they began to doubt and walk away…
“This saying is hard, who can accept it?” – John 6:60
There are moments in life when we are called to confront a difficult situation. We are challenged to understand and carry out a task that may be unpleasant or unwelcome. We have a choice: we can walk away and allow events to run on their own, or we can engage the situation knowing that every step will be hard. What do we do?
Joshua expresses the nature of a tough decision in his words to the Israelites in the first reading:
“If it does not please you to serve the Lord, then decide today whom you will serve.” – Joshua 24:15
Let’s face it. There are times in life when we struggle to make and carry out the right choice. Perhaps we don’t know what to do; perhaps we know but we struggle to do it. Sometimes it can seem like the weight of the world rests on our shoulders as we muddle through hard sayings and tough decisions.
What are you confronting today? What challenges are set before you? May we ask God for two key gifts: Wisdom and Courage. We ask for wisdom to know what to do, and we pray for courage to carry it out!
A lazy steward is praised by Jesus. Why? Because he worked hard and made sacrifices, reminding us that sometimes we can be more eager about earthly things than eternal ones. May we hustle and work hard for the praise of God in Heaven.
What’s your treasure? What’s so important to you that you will make sacrifices, work hard and dedicate your life to make it happen? A new school year offers the chance for students of all ages to grow in mind and heart!
Three servants were given different amounts of money by their master to invest; two worked hard, one was lazy. The parable reminds us that while we are all given different resources and abilities in this life the Lord still calls us all to use what we’ve been given with wisdom and hard work.
These two great saints made an enormous impact in the Church, even as they encountered hard work and confronted their own weaknesses and sins. May we look to their example and trust in the Lord for the grace we need to face the challenges of life.
The start of a new school year is a fresh beginning, just like a plain piece of paper, and it can become anything – a prayer, composition, work of art or even an airplane! Students are given three keys for a powerful year: daily prayer, hard work, and being the best kid they can be in their families.
Both Paul and Jesus offer words of caution: Be vigilant! There are forces in our world that will try to undermine and erode our faith; we call upon the Lord for the wisdom and strength we need to face trial and difficulty with God’s grace.