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Good News A25a

Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time

 

Matthew 6:24-34 New American Bible

Matthew 6:24-34 Bible Gateway New International Version

 

“Serve Only One Master”

                  

You cannot serve God and the devil. Serve only one master. Serve God. Do not worry about your food, drink, or clothing. When you serve your heavenly Father, he will furnish all of your needs. Do not worry about tomorrow; God will take care of all of your tomorrows. He loves you very much.  

            When you are dealing with the devil, he does not give you all the facts. He makes doing evil things sound really good and worthwhile. He lies to you. He does not show you a picture of the bad consequences of your actions. Pretend that you want a new bike and you do not have the money to buy one. The devil tells you, “Take the bike from the boy down the street.” He does not show you that a policeman will see you take it and arrest you. He does not show you that this could be become a bad habit that may lead you to life in jail. The devil paints a rosy picture of an event that is really very bad and very evil. If the devil tempts you, think of what your parents would say if they saw you doing what he asks on television. They would be very sad if they saw you stealing a bike. God would be sad, too. When you turn your back on God, he keeps calling you, hoping that you will hear him and come back to doing good things for him.  

When you make great efforts to serve God, he will help you earn the money to buy a bicycle, or rebuild an old bike. For every wrong way to do things, there are at least 10 good ways to get what you want and need. If your old bike needs fixing up, ask God to send you someone to show you how to do it. “God, please help me find a good, legal way to get a new bike or be happy without one.” Your neighbor might pay you to pull weeds or rake leaves. Your mother might pay you a little allowance for doing chores for her around the house. Your grandfather might buy paint and help you paint your old bike. Your brother may give you a few of his decals to decorate the bike. The boy down the street may let you ride his bike if you let him play your video game.      

I asked my Grandmother Sue how she decided to buy something new at the store. She said, “When I see something in the store that I would I think I need and would like to have, I take a good look at it. I note the price and the many uses for the item. I go back three months later. If I still need and want the item, then I buy it. If I think, I have gotten along really well without the new item for those three months, then I do not buy it.” She always made sure that she had money to pay her bills before making a purchase. She saved her leftovers and ate them before cooking something else. She walked over a mile to work and back until she was 85 years old. She put her extra money in a savings account in the bank. She tried not to waste anything. She knew that God wanted her to be a good steward of all that he gave her. God rewarded her with a long life of 95 years on earth.  

God will reward you with eternal life when you love him above all things. Serve only God as your master. He will furnish your needs.

         

 

Say the “Our Father” and ask God to give you the courage to stand up and say “No” to the devil. Ask God to help you see what will really happen when you do evil things. Love God more than anything or anyone every day that you live. He will furnish all of your needs.

 

“Our Father, who art in Heaven,

Hallowed be Thy name.

Thy kingdom come.

Thy will be done,

On earth as it is in heaven.

Give us this day, our daily bread.

And forgive us our trespasses,

As we forgive those who trespass against us.

And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.  Amen.”

            

                  

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