Posted by: Joe of St. Thérèse | August 21, 2009

Reflection for 21st Su in OT

Josh 24, 1-2. 15-18; Ps 34, 2-3. 16-21; Eph 5, 21-32; Jn 6, 60-69

“Far be it from us to forsake the LORD for the service of other gods.”

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, Amen!

Power, Greed, Money, Sex, Lust, names of gods that have been absorbed into mainstream American culture, and worldly culture.

For many people being in position of authority, or “drunk on power” means, since they’re in charge they can do whatever they want, afterall, they’re in charge. The major problem with this absolute authoritarianism which many people exercise in the secular world, and even in the Church to match their own individual agendas is that it gets to the biggest sin of all, pride. Pride subtracts God who is the author of Life from the equation, and in its essence makes man God. Or another way of putting it is man merits his own accomplishments without God.

God is the author of Life, and the talents or authority that has been given comes from God. This is the essence of humility which does not mean that you need to be a pushover and let people walk all over you, but that God is your frame of reference for everything that you do on a daily basis. Those that are in positions of power must exercise humility in order for them to be truly effective. Notice one thing about the many Communist dictatorships, everyone lives in poverty…This is not effective means of leadership to exalt yourself at the expense of the others living around you…Back in the supposed Dark Ages, King St. Louis IX of France was very just and holy King, who recognized that his authority came from God, and treated his subjects as such. France was at its peak during this time, inspite of what the history books tell you.

No one can mistake without money, you can not get the essentials that you need to survivie on a daily basis. Yet even those with more money than we’d ever make in our lives, at least those that don’t acknowledge where their wealth comes from, aren’t the happiest of people. Money doesn’t buy permanent happiness…That permanent happiness will only be found when our hearts rest in God paraphrasing St. Augustine of Hippo.

The old saying from the 60’s or however long ago it was, i’m not THAT OLD, haha, “Sex, Drugs, and Rock and Roll.” The Church doesn’t teach that sex, the body and desire is evil and is to be avoided (actually those that did believe that sex and the body were evil were heretics and were excommunicated (the name of the group escapes me at this moment). The problem is when we objectify the oppisite sex and transform them into means to boost our ego, or our desires not put into perspective. When we objectify them they lose their human dignity, and so do we by participating in such an act. God gave us emotions and desires to use, but the key is God as the point of perspective. And because God is the point of reference, you’ll treat them with dignity and respect and such matters.

Fortunately, admist this doom, there’s hope. Here’s how not to put these god’s above God.
1. The frequent use of humilty. We pray this prayer at every Mass, “Lord, I am not worthy that you should enter under my roof, but only say the word and my soul shall be healed” (For you Latin geeks: Domine, non sum Dignus ut intres sub tectum meum sed tanctam dic verbo et sanabitur anima mea)….Everyday say this, or something similar, recognize God is the author, and you are the insturmeents
2. The frequent use of the opportunities of grace. That is the Sacraments. Especially Confession, the Holy Eucharist, and the Holy Rosary.
3. Going to Mass every Sunday, daily if Possible. The graces that flow from Calvary made ananmesis at every Mass will sustain you if you cooperate with them. 🙂

I pray that all of us are able to put the desires of the Lord, above that of the gods of our own making

In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, Amen!

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