“I got my mind on my money and my money on my mind,” Snoop Dogg once rapped. Jesus continues exhorting us about our finances, encouraging us to use what we have to help the less fortunate in his famous parable about Lazarus and the Rich Man.
Money, money, money! Jesus has a lot to say about it, especially today in his parable of the shrewd steward. What can we learn about financial faithfulness to God from a shady character like him? Find out.
Want to know how much God loves you? Read and reflect to know how much joy our holy Lord has over one sinner who repents.
Another two-for-one. Probably just as well since I’ll be on vacation next week. Having been asked by the diocese to supply services for St Bartholomew’s – Scottdale on Saturday evenings, it was fortuitous to start close enough to that apostle’s feast day to recognize it. Then regular Sunday service at St Francis, we forged ahead with St Luke’s Gospel, where we see Jesus making the link between humility and how we treat those we are tempted to think of as “below” us. May we all be willing both to bear our cross, and to walk the way of humility expressed through love for all (not just the people we consider worthy of it).
Finishing Colossians, we tackle an often skipped, but still rich passage that gives practical advice about keeping peace at home, encourages prayerful and gracious witness, and models community-building practices. It’s worth the risk to grapple with ancient marital norms, slavery, and lesser known (and hard to pronounce) names to mine these nuggets that help us better love others.
As St Paul moves into chapter 3 in his letter to the Colossians, he gives us concrete advice how to be both heavenly minded and earthly good. May we all find his advice to look up to Christ, look in to deal with our sin, and look out with love to both God and neighbor to be not only practical, but also life-changing!
In Colossians 2, we discover that our Lord doesn’t want us to be bound up in spirituality that doesn’t work. No matter how hard we try to be good, how much we try to whip up devotion, no matter how many extras we add to our to our life beyond God’s command to love – the only way to begin (and continue!) to experience the abundant, resurrection life of Christ is to take hold of the baptismal promise we have by means of a living, active trust in Jesus. May we all tap into God’s best for us as we learn to live by faith instead of mere human effort.