The Word of God

How Much Do You Weigh?


Reflection on Mass Reading for November 24, 2021

Theme for November: “When we focus on our gratitude, the tide of disappointment goes out and the tide of love rushes in.” Kristin Armstrong

The words “gravity,” “grave,” and “gravitas” all come from a basic concept. If you say that someone has gravitas, you mean that you respect them because they seem serious and intelligent with reserved dignity and good taste in behavior and speech. Thus they are “heavy,” as in the concept of gravity. They carry a lot of meaning and importance. They mean a tremendous amount to an individual or a society. We would unreservedly trust their opinion and take their advice without question. All this is bad news for King Belshazzar, who threw his legendary feast for all his friends only to be visited, without invitation, by the original and after that proverbial “writing on the wall” with some very harsh and bad news: “…you have been weighed on the scales and found wanting.” 

How would you and I then gain weight, gravitas, that is? We know we will be put on some kind of scale when it is all said and done. So how will this work? “By your perseverance, you will secure your lives.” Here are some examples:

  • Keep your promises, especially if it takes more effort than anticipated.
  • Never betray a friend’s trust.
  • Avoid gossip.
  • Remain true to your friends and spouse.
  • Return money that you have found without expecting a reward.
  • Always know that Jesus is present when making any choices, big or small.

This is of extreme importance in our walk with God because our lives often seem out of order, unorganized, and even chaotic. Bad and disappointing things happen, which may tempt us to believe that somehow the Lord has abandoned us, which is precisely why we constantly need to remember what marvels God has done and keeps on accomplishing. How do we translate this into our spiritual lives? 

“By your perseverance, you will secure your lives.” Here are some examples:

  • Keep your promises, especially if it takes more effort than anticipated.
  • Never betray a friend’s trust.
  • Avoid gossip.
  • Remain true to your friends and spouse.
  • Return money that you have found without expecting a reward.
  • Always know that Jesus is present when making any choices, big or small.

These are but just a few, and there will certainly be more revealed throughout the day. This is how the Lord would put it: “Remain faithful until death, And I will give you the crown of life.”  

“Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying ‘I will try again tomorrow.'” Mary Anne Radmacher

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