Saturday, August 22, 2015

08-23-2015 -- 21st Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B

August 23, 2015 - 21st Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B
Saint Martin de Tours Catholic Church



Whom do we serve? Whom do we worship? Whom do we care about? Whom refers to people. For us, it’s not so much about whom as it is about what.

What do we serve? What do we worship? What do we care about? What refers to things? What things? We serve lots of things. We care about lots of things.

But can we honestly say that the person we serve is Jesus? Can we honestly say that the person we worship is Jesus? Can we honestly say that the person who is first in our lives is Jesus?

Unfortunately the answer is probably no. But that doesn’t mean that all hope is lost. That doesn’t mean we should pack it up and go home.

Sometimes that’s what we do though, isn’t it? We check out mentally.

We take our Zanex. We drink our glass of wine or whiskey. We turn on the TV or we get on the internet to look at porn. We play our mindless video games endlessly.

There are others who do not seek these creature comforts. Nope. They long for fame and fortune. They think they are more important than the rest of us.

They inflate their own egos or their own bank accounts so much that these things become more important than the Lord. And sometimes they are even more important than the people in their lives.

These are the things we worship. These are the things we care about. So, these are the things we serve. And, as a result, many of us are drowning in our own misery, aren’t we?

Jesus comes on the scene with a tough question for us, “Do you also want to leave?”

There we are. The question hangs right before us. And if Jesus didn’t make the choice clear enough, Joshua in the first reading says, “If it does not please you to serve the LORD, decide today whom you will serve.”

We must decide today, are we going to serve the LORD? This decision is not a once for all kind of thing. We have to make this decision anew every single day.

So it doesn’t matter what we decided yesterday, only today. Will you serve the LORD today?

Can Peter’s words echo in our ears? “Master, to whom shall we go? We have come to believe that you are the Christ, the Holy One of God.”

Do we approach Jesus like he is the Christ, the Holy One of God? Really? Do we?

No, we are kinda haphazard and lukewarm about the way we follow Jesus. We need to be more deliberate about following Jesus. We need to be more deliberate about coming to church each weekend.

We need to be deliberate about getting involved in the religious formation of our children and grandchildren. Our young people are not being taught the way of the LORD. And this must begin to change at home before it can change anywhere else.

We can reach out to those who have left and inquire how that’s working out for them. And then invite them back. We can act with greater charity toward our neighbors, especially those in need.

We serve lots of things. We care about lots of things. But can we honestly say the person we care about the most is Jesus? Can we honestly say the person we serve is Jesus?

If it does not please you to serve the LORD, decide today whom you will serve.

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