I, the LORD, alone probe the mind and test the heart, To reward everyone according to his ways, according to the merit of his deeds.

When I read the readings of the Mass for today, I must ask myself – is it because of me that I have an abundance of good in my life or is it because of God that I have these blessings?  Well, I guess that would depend on world I’m living in…

In a material world, what else would explain my beautiful house, my SUV, my 8 children and 6 grandchildren, my beautiful wife.  My hard work would explain that.  Being a damn fine electrical estimator/project manager/musician who’s willing to put in the necessary long hours it takes to make myself successful.  That would explain it!!! Right!?!  You’re all with me on this, aren’t you?

I would hope not.  I would hope you would all start praying for me if that were the case because I would be no better than the rich man Jesus was telling us about in Today’s Gospel…There was a rich man who dressed in purple garments and fine linen and dined sumptuously each day.  If it were my sole purpose in life to live like that rich man we read about today, then I’m not sure my life would have much meaning.  Do I live a comfortable life?  Yes, yes I do…thanks be to God.  And I think those last four words sums up everything we read about today…THANKS BE TO GOD.  Everything I have is a blessing from God.  Every person I love was made in the image and likeness of God, so through them I am able to see God.  Every illness I fight, every stressful situation I endure only strengthens my faith and dependence on God to get me through those tough times.

The words we read everyday in Mass have a purpose.  The purpose is simple.  They teach us God is life. They teach us God is love.  Listen to the Word of God – either spoken through the Prophets, or the Apostles and especially through the living Word – Jesus Christ.  Pay heed to them, because the Word – God’s Word – is the TRUTH and it is both living and effective.

Do something great for our Lord today – repent NOW, and believe in the Gospel NOW…If they will not listen to Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded if someone should rise from the dead.

God’s will, not mine, be done.

Be not afraid; just have faith.

Jesus, I trust in You.

He must increase; I must decrease.

Lord, if you wish, you can make me clean.

But you man of God chose righteousness, devotion, faith, love, patience and gentleness.  Compete well for the faith.


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