The Gospel today is simple.
In fact, I would go so far as to say that it is stark in its simplicity.
Jesus does not mince words when he says..
“No servant can serve two masters.
He will either hate one and love the other,
or be devoted to one and despise the other. “
After hearing those simple words all of us should be moved, to ask ourselves, “who do we love and who do we hate?”
Is God really our Master?
Do we follow His will?
Day in and day out do we try to realize God’s will in our lives?
Do we trust His Word?
Are we true disciples ?
Do we love God or are we going through the motions?
Are we simply dipping our big toe into the pool of faith or have we thrown ourselves into our faith as real love would have us do?
There can be nothing ½ way about being a Catholic because there can be nothing ½ way about love.
You either do or you don’t.
These are indeed fundamental questions and the fact that Jesus challenges us in the scriptures today means that he wants us to reflect on them.
You know, I have know very few people in my life who have openly and thoughtfully and deliberately rejected God.
Rather quite frequently their or our apostasy has been made up of hundreds or maybe even thousand of little compromises.
When we compromise our faith over and over again after a while God’s will
and God’s word
and God’s love can only seem a distant memory.
It should be no surprise that sometimes people who go to Church every week… and priests who celebrate Mass ever day find themselves in similar situations.
Let’s all reflect on the challenges of the today’s Gospel.
Let’s all strive to give God more and more and more of our lives.
May God be our true Master and may we all fall in love with Him.
Today is an important day in the life of our Parish.
Today is the day that when we bless and commission our Catechists for the coming school year.
Theirs is an awesome responsibility, they deserve our respect, our prayers and are gratitude.
We all know that being a Catholic today means going against the tide or swimming against the cultural stream.
And that goes double for the man or woman who volunteers to teach our faith.
To all heroes who will serve as our Parish Catechists this year…
I say Thank You from the bottom of my heart.
May the Lord who has begun great things in you bring them to fulfillment.