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Homily for the 8th Sunday Feb. 26-27, 2011

posted Feb 27, 2011, 9:44 AM by fathermark@stmaryshuntingburg.org

8th Sunday of the Year

St. Mary's, Huntingburg

February 26-27, 2011

 

 

"No one can serve two masters" ... so Jesus tells us in today's Gospel.

"You can't serve both God and mammon."

You can't serve God and the "stuff" of this world.
And so, Jesus is saying:

Either ... or

One ... or the other ...

This ... or that ...

Black ... or white ...

yes ... or no ...

... no middle ground ...

... no "kind of this" and "kind of that"

... a little of this ... and a little of that ...

... one foot in this world ... and one in that."

Either ... or.

 

Either we are serving God in our daily lives ...

Either God is calling the shots ... God's laying down the rules we live by ... God is setting the priorities of our lives ...

Either God's the one in charge ...

OR

It's "mammon."

It's either God that we're serving ... or it's the god of money ... or the god of getting ahead ... or the god of having more ... or the god of ME.

It's either God who is calling the shots and laying down the rules and setting the priorities in our lives ... or it's the god of money and getting ahead and having more ... and ME.

 

And them's the options ...  those two ...

There's no middle ground.

Of course, we have to live ordinary lives ... we have families ... and we go to work and have stuff and make money to live on ... our lives are busy with lots of stuff ...

Of course.

But that's not Jesus' point ...

The point is what's driving our lives ... what's setting the priorities ... what's setting the standard, the direction, the ground rules?

Who is calling the shots?

 

Now, of course, we're all here today because we're people of faith.

We're all believers.

We want God to have a place in our lives.

We're willing to give him this time each week ... or at least this week.

We acknowledge him as Master.

 

 

But, at the same time, outside this church, we often want to live in another world, with a different master.

During the week, we don't have time to think of God ... because we have other priorities.

We don't have time for the precious families that God has given us ... because our work, getting ahead, "making it" in this world  is so important, after all.

We don't have time to help other people, to visit our old relatives and friends, to reach out to others.

We don't have money to give to the Church ... or to needy ... or to other causes ... because we need the money ... need it for more clothes or  going out to dinner or buying the next gadget ... or to pay for the satellite connection on all four flatscreen TVs.

Some Sundays ... maybe we have something more important to do than go to Sunday Mass.

 

To which, Jesus says:

It's ...either ... or

One ... or the other ...

This ... or that ...

Black ... or white ...

yes ... or no ...

You can't serve two masters.

You can't serve two masters ... and, in the end, only one master is worth serving ... worth trusting ... worth your attention.

Only one master will ultimately take care of us.

 

You know as well as I, that you can accumulate all the money you want ...

You can pile up all the stuff ...

You can build the biggest house ...

You can have the biggest bank account ... and the best insurance ... and the safest nest egg  for yourself and others ...

But eventually ... inevitably ... inescapably ... sickness ... old age ... loneliness ... death ... will catch up with you.

Inevitably.

And that master that you've been serving ... that money, that stuff, that house, that bank account, that insurance policy ... that master is inevitably going to let you down.

 

Or you can give your life over to the other Master.

You can give your life over to the Lord,

And then you can do what you can do ... make the provisions that you can make ... and leave the rest in his hands.

And then, as Jesus says, there won't be any need to worry and say:

"What are we to eat?" or "what are we to drink?" or "what are we to wear?"

"What if ...?" "What if this ... or that?"

Your heavenly Father knows what you need.

There's no need to worry about tomorrow ...

 

 

There's no need for worry ... for anxiety ... for killing ourselves ...

IF ...

if we have picked the right Master to serve ....

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