In Scripture, we see many examples of people who seek out God’s guidance in prayer, especially so when they are alone and afraid as they stand before some major upheaval or impending suffering in their lives. We could easily see that in the well known Gospel today of the Prodigal Son.
Keeping up with the Joneses is an idiom referring to the comparison to one’s neighbor as a benchmark for social class or the accumulation of material goods. But what if the Joneses are broke? That means if you try to keep up with them, you will be more broke.
It’s always amusing to me when people say all we ever speak of in the Church is money. I heard it again a couple of weeks ago after discussing the Capital Campaign. I do speak about it maybe three times a year, but there are over 800 references in the Bible about money which makes it at the top of Jesus’ discussion list.
Work is not punishment or a necessary evil, nor is it humanity's means of accumulating control, power and wealth. Both of these ideas are contrary to the biblical view of work. We understand work as something intrinsically good, we are co-creators of God's world and work is part of our contribution.
I have turned in my pledge to the Archdiocesan Capital Campaign and I would ask you to do so as well. One Faith, One Family, One Future in Christ is an Archdiocesan wide capital campaign that will devote some serious resources to help with many extraordinary needs in the Church of Northeast Kansas. I’m giving extra over the next 5 years because I believe in the cause and so I am going to make some sacrifices to help.
The story of Martha and Mary in today’s Gospel is a wonderful description of family dynamics! This is a nice opportunity to have a good discussion as a family, about the importance of everyone’s responsibility for the happiness of family life. Is there a child who has ever lived, who has wanted to do chores around the house rather than play? Like certain commercials, is it sensible for a parent who has a crying hungry infant to say that they are going to take the day off from parenting?
Moses said to the people: "If only you would heed the voice of the LORD, your God, and keep his commandments and statutes that are written in this book of the law, when you return to the LORD, your God, with all your heart and all your soul. For this command that I enjoin on you today is something very near to you, already in your mouths and in your hearts; you have only
to carry it out."