O Jesus, let my heart be totally set upon you.
Picture Jesus instructing his disciples.
Jesus has just told the parable of the dishonest steward. Now, he speaks of how a believer should use his money to gain God’s blessings. The second part contains a serious warning. No one can serve God and money.
Gospel Text: (Read slowly, possibly aloud.)
Thoughts: (Read all. Ponder the ones that attract you.)
- Money always fails to secure true life. Disciples must use their money to gain eternal life.
- Jesus compares earthly money (little things) to heavenly riches (greater things). A person trustworthy with earthly money can be trusted with heavenly powers.
- This leads up to the great teaching “No man can serve two masters.”
- The human heart cannot go in two directions. To love money is to turn away from God.
- These words cut the hearts of the Pharisees. They pretend to serve God but they really serve money.
- Jesus declares that God sees where their hearts are.
Affections: (When one touches your heart, use your own words.)
- O Jesus, all my money belongs to you. I will use it to gain everlasting life.
- Make me faithful in the little things of earthly life.
- Trust me, Jesus, with heavenly powers and I will bring others to your Kingdom.
- Jesus, I renounce a divided heart that seeks anything else but you.
- Free me of greed, O Lord. Bestow upon me a generous spirit which blesses others.
- Search my heart, O God. Cleanse whatever must be purified.
Resolutions: (Possibly you might want to make your own.)
+ I will always use ten percent of my income for God.
+ I will be consistently generous.
Thought for the Day: (To recall your meditation.)
You cannot serve two masters.