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The things the world tells us to value, such as popularity, power, winning, materialism, and outward appearances, are not the things that God values. God is much more interested in the state of our hearts than the balance in our bank account or the title on our office door.
But things like winning and losing, poor or powerful, are issues that we confront each day. In Luke’s Gospel on the 21st Sunday in Ordinary Time, Jesus tells us, “For behold, some are last who will be first, and some are first who will be last.” The Lord’s priorities are very different from the world’s, and this verse shows us how Jesus feels about the consistency in which we lives our lives. The judgments of the world are not God’s judgments.
In a world where it’s all about “who you know” and success is viewed as being a leader, first in your class, at the top of the social pyramid, the Gospel turns this kind of thinking upside down.
The only condition God places on us and the way in which we will be viewed by God is determined by the quality of our hearts. The primary questions we can ask ourselves to evaluate how we are living are: “Do we live lives that conform to the invitation of Jesus to come and follow, the values found in his Gospel? Are we people of the compassion, forgiveness, understanding, hope, and love that are asked of us in following Christ?
”We do not need to worry about who saves, as someone asks in Luke’s Gospel. We know the answer is that God saves. Our primary concern and commitment is to be faithful followers of the one who saves, Jesus! We cannot find our identity in the empty things of the world. Our identity is instead found in him.
During these dwindling days of summer, I pray that you remain committed to following Jesus. We know that it is our devotion to him, rather than to material things, that saves us!
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Father Scott, I was watching your mass , as I received this!!! Thank you for the wonderful mass!!. I have now read from your corner. I will read it several more times today.
You are God’s gift to us, and I thank the Lord for such a wonderful gift.
Also, I want to thank the singer and pianist for the beautiful music that they always provide us. God’s Blessings to both of them.
Dear FR. Scott,
Thank you for all you do for the church and those precious kids at mercy home. Your exactly where God has intended you to be. Thank you for helping me understand each time I hear you speak the gospel and your wonderful stories. My eyes and ears open with joy. You are special father Scott I knew that the day I met you. I really love all the priest that say mass at mercy home chapel too. And Riley is fabulous. I hope your staying well ? Your in my prayers always.
With love and respect,