“You can not serve both God and…”

Reflection for the 25th Sunday in Ordinary Time by FAN Board Vice President, Br. Paul Crawford, OFM Cap.

This reflection was originally posted in our September 16th newsletter


Besides the readings this week, the Church in the United States also celebrates Catechetical Sunday. It is a time to promote our Faith’s teachings and a time to ask the Blessings of God upon those who stand up, in our local community to teach our Faith to the newest and perhaps the youngest members of our community.

So, the final verse of this week’s Gospel calls us to discern that even our good intentions can have some conflicting motivating factors. “You cannot serve both God and mammon.” LK 16:13. Perhaps we need to keep asking ourselves, what are our motivations? Or, as the Gospel puts it so well, who are we serving?

Most motivation comes from our own needs and wants or even at times our hopes. After all, God created a very complex being when we were created.

Our times, as well as the history of the Church, show us far too well how self interest is the root of much of our sin and even overflows into our Faith life.

So, this week let us listen to the parable of the Steward and take to heart and examine our service, and proclaim as to who are we serving. Let us all pray that we acknowledge that it is the Lord, the Prince of Peace, the One who feeds the hungry, the One who welcomes the stranger, and the One who forgives us again and again. For that One alone deserves our service.

Br. Paul Crawford, OFM
FAN Board Vice President

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