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Wednesday, October 3, 2012
The other days daily reading was on Luke 9: 46-50, where the disciples are arguing who will be the greatest among them. I first had to laugh because two thousand years later and not much has changed! Even back then there were arguments over who would be the greatest. It reminds me of being in grade school and running to be the first in line, shoving and crowding others out of my way. Jesus knew what was in their hearts and he placed a child among them. Remember back then children had no rights and were generally overlooked. He said that, “whoever welcomes this child in my name has welcomed me, and whoever welcomes me welcomes my Father. For whoever is the least will be the greatest among you.”
So what does this mean to me today? The scriptures are the living word of God and are still relevant to our lives. If I can put God before all my concerns and wants I will be first. As a child puts all their trust into their parents we too must put all our trust into God. The paradox is when I do this all my needs are met. There is a huge difference between wants and needs. I really want a new living room set, but what I have fits my needs. I need to take ego out of the equation then I can live a life of true happiness. The more I strive for worldly goods the more frustrated I become. For me it's because my focus shifts from what is important, my faith, to materialism, which is today's version of other gods.
My faith has grown by helping others less fortunate than me, volunteering at my church, putting others needs before mine and praying every day. I must have constant contact with God and I can't do that if I am worried about me and what I want. My Catholic faith plays a huge role in the way I interact with others, however I learn from all faiths, and what I've learned is we all love the same God. This takes me to what really struck me in this passage.
John said to Jesus, "Master we saw someone driving out demons in your name and we tried to stop him, because he is not one of us.” Jesus replied, “Do not stop him for whoever is not against you is for you.”
That statement is so meaningful to me. I have been attacked for being Catholic and what the church stands for by friends in other denominations. I also have subconsciously thought my faith is better. But how can that be if we all have a strong love of God? That is the bottom line, we all want to do God's will. If we are all striving for the same end result, that the needs of the poor are met, that the dignity of human life is upheld, that we are kind to one another, and love our neighbors as we love ourselves and of course put God before all then we cannot fail. As the old adage goes- A house divided falls.
I think the lesson for me is when asked who I am I will answer I am a Christian who puts God first in my life. I am thankful I don't feel a need to be the greatest and that daily all my needs are met.