The Word of God

Divided Loyalties


Reflection on Mass Reading for June 18, 2022

“No one can serve two masters. He will either hate one and love the other, or be devoted to one and despise the other.” No one likes to be “caught in the middle.” This is especially noteworthy when we find ourselves amid conflicts and human drama not made of our doing. This is exactly why Jesus warns us and tries to prevent any of us from falling into divided loyalties. The pull and lure of this world with all its empty promises can create a severe split in our lives that spells certain trouble, not to mention a chaotic and frenetic lifestyle trying to please everyone, living a two-faced lie, and secretly maintaining a hidden life that costs much more than it is ever worth.

“My grace is sufficient for you, for power is made perfect in weakness.” The struggle between good and evil, which perpetuates all of our lives from start to finish, must be won. We will always have to face conflicts and discomforts, but we must never face those alone. When we accept our humanity and the people we truly are, we will see the great need we have for the Lord Jesus. Nothing and no one else will ever satisfy.

 

“More often than we realize, people see in us what we don’t see in ourselves.” Misty Copeland

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