Divided Loyalty

25th Sunday http://usccb.org/bible/readings/092219.cfm

The Gospel for this 25th Sunday ends with, “No servant can serve two masters. He will either hate one and love the other, or be devoted to one and despise the other.” You cannot serve both God and mammon.”

Trying to serve two master that demand loyalty, attention, devotion leaves one “between a rock and a hard place.” Serving two masters simply cannot be accomplished successfully. Inevitably, a time will come when the two masters interests are at crossed purposes and there is no way to reconcile the two. Choose one, ignore the other.

In this case one’s loyalty is divided between our worldly life and our eternal life. Can you remember a time when you were “in between” the world and God and had to make a choice between the two? How difficult was that choice? What did you choose-the world or God-and why?

In the Gospel the master of the house commends the steward who just defrauded him. The master did not commend him for his virtue-after all he was dishonest- but he did comment on his industry, his long-view, his advanced planning, his self preservation.

Jesus comments the we who follow God should learn some of the attributes of the worldly to apply the same enthusiasm and determination to achieving eternal life.

Sometimes I think that we imagine eternal life as something later in life and mysteriously believe it to be a long way off, and that the outcome is inevitable. These notions lull us into an apathetic stupor that clouds our personal responsibilities for our lives. We seem to simply blow with the winds and hope things will be alright- without any work, commitment, energy expended to embrace the ways of Jesus.

Daily decisions await us now that will move us deeper into the allurements of the world or closer to the ways of Jesus.

“You will either hate one and love the other, or be devoted to one and despise the other.”

Which will it be today?

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