The Word of God

Reflection – Lectionary: 503

“On their lips no deceit has been found; they are unblemished.” You can always tell what sort of person you are meeting by the direction the conversation takes concerning what is important right now in life. For some people, there will be a new, certain relationship that takes precedence or a new home, job, or prized possession. Basically, we reveal to others who we are by what we believe is of top priority. How long does it take us to talk about anything spiritual when conversing with others? Now, this is decisively different than talking about religion or politics, subjects which in and of themselves do not have any real conclusions or winners. Still, the value of Heaven and eternal things are the sources of the topics we mention here. What is truly central and important should be very obvious to those who know me and also love me. That is because of whom we have met, the Lamb that was slain to set us free forever.

The same is true about what people do with their money. There is perhaps no other greater barometer of priorities than to assess what people believe is worth paying for or purchasing and to what extent. “When Jesus looked up he saw some wealthy people putting their offerings into the treasury and he noticed a poor widow putting in two small coins.”

When the Lord saw what the poor widow was offering, He knew right away that it was the height of generosity, love, and faith. The good news for all of us today is that Jesus can see right through the otherwise misleading and confusing appearances and what constitutes value. As we near the First Sunday of Advent, it is clear that we are called to take another look at our lives and see what we have been doing with them thus far. It is a necessary task and one that will bring great peace. “Stay awake! For you do not know when the Son of Man will come.”

“The older you get, the more you realize that life isn’t about the material things, or pride, or selfish ego. It is about hearts and who they beat for.”

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