November 7, 2020

No servant can serve two masters.

During Jesus’ teaching some important truths to his disciples about wealth and stewardship, honesty, and virtue, we find the above statement. Whenever there are two opposing loyalties, the inevitable result is that greater allegiance, love, loyalty, and devotion is given to one party, which takes greater precedence over the other—and usually trumps the other. So, Jesus warned that we could not serve both God and wealth.

Loving the Lord our God—who has promised to supply all we need—with all our heart, all our soul, all our mind, and all our strength is impossible if our priorities are focused on material things. Money is a good servant, but a bad master, and Jesus needed to challenge us to check what our priorities really are. We are called to lay up treasure not in a bank but in heaven, where moth and rust do not spoil and where thieves do not break through and steal.

Jesus asks us to open the books of our life and audit what we are doing to see whom we are really serving. Is our focus more on values like love, compassion, forgiveness, mercy, and serving our sisters and brothers after the example of Christ? After all, Jesus has put us in charge of his assets here below. In every Mass, we are nourished at the table of his word and of his flesh in order that we might go forth and “glorify the Lord with our lives.” Jesus fills us with himself so that we, in turn, may fill others with that same gift. He wants us to prove with our lives what we really value.

How can I show where my priorities are today?

Let Us Pray:

O loving Jesus, grace me so that I recognize what is truly of value and not be seduced by the material things of this world. May I always find my true treasure in you.


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About Paul J. Bernier, SSS

Blessed Sacrament Father Paul J. Bernier served for many years as the editor of Emmanuel. He is a popular writer, preacher, and director of retreats. Among his many published works is Ministry in the Church: A Historical and Pastoral Approach, Second Edition, published by Orbis Books in 2015. His most recent book is A Eucharistic Spirituality: Inspired by Saint Peter Julian Eymard – Apostle of the Eucharist, which he co-authored with Jim Brown.