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Can’t Serve TWO Masters

Walter J. Quinn, OSA
Priest Associate, Priests for Life

November 07, 1998
   
 

 31st Week Yr  MT 6:24                                                                                                SAM    6:30 AM

                                   SAM =  St Augustine Monastery, Nova Scotia, Canada

IN THIS GOSPEL Our Lord clearly tells us in MT 6:24...we can’t have it BOTH ways.”    “No man can serve two masters.  “Either he will hate one...& Love the other....or else he will stand by the one .....& despise the other.”  “You cannot serve God....& Money at the same time”.  

WHEN WE ARE BORN....we enter into this “Vale of Tears”...until the time comes when we will see God FACE TO FACE at the END of our Life.   This Life of ours is a STRUGGLE that goes on between our Human Nature....&.... the Spiritual Order of Grace.

ST. AUGUSTINE, + 430 AD,  wrote about this point in his famous work....THE CITY  of GOD...where the Mind & Body is in a daily.....battle with the CITY of the WORLD.   Our Human Nature is always struggling with the RULE of GRACE...for Possession of the SOUL.  Human Nature being what it is wants to make ourselves FIRST ALL the time...& to put God SECOND!  Many times we only want to give God...only little bits & pieces of our Time, Talent & Treasure. If a person pushes this attitude to the limit.....for long periods of time.....then SIN can easily enter the picture.

EVERYONE.....has Troubles, Trials & Temptations...no matter WHO they are!   We are ALL weak.  Our Trials only remind us...of just how much we really do need God.....& that my LIFE is truly fleeting...& moving quickly along...to my final breath on Earth!

GOD DOESN’T really NEED us!  GOD can exist without us.  It is we humans who need God.  In the time of Christ many of the Israelites were very comfortable in their own life styles....& proud of their great magnificent Temple in the City of Jerusalem.....that took some 40 years to build!

HOWEVER, the Israelites were often neglectful of the Temple of God.....dwelling within their own Hearts.  In ACTS 7:51...Our Lord calls them....”Stiff Necked & Uncircumcised in heart & ear. You always oppose the Holy Spirit.”  They just wouldn’t listen.  They were unwilling to open their hearts.....& minds....so that God’s Grace could just sneak in!

THEY WERE NEGLECTFUL .....of what Really Mattered in Life....the Seeking of God....& the Saving of one’s own Soul.  God’s Grace helps us to SEEK GOOD....& not Evil.  This should have our attention...front & center all the time!  This is what Our Lord keeps telling us...but many today are STILL TURNING GOD OFF........& really don’t  listen!

THE MOMENT WILL SURELY COME.... when each one of us will Stand before God....& we will see God Face to Face....& God will Pronounce where we will spend our Eternity.

WILL I BE AMONG THE GOATS ON HIS LEFT...OR AMONG THE SHEEP ON HIS RIGHT?

   
 
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