Who Will You Serve?

26 Aug 2018 by SHRCChurch, Comments Off on Who Will You Serve?

If we are listening carefully today, the words of Joshua in the first reading should jump out at us: “Decide today whom you will serve.” Note well, the people respond that, yes, they will serve Yahweh, the true God. Don’t think that was the end of it for them, or for that matter for us. For the next 700 years they were engaged in a constant struggle, with many relapses, as to whom they really were going to serve on a day to day basis.

It would be a disastrous mistake for us to think that we do not have the same challenge on a day to day basis. Just think for a moment of the capital sins: pride? Are you so sure that’s not an issue? Covetousness? Considering the greed filled world around us and the consumer mentality of our culture, are we really untouched by it all? Lust? Madison Avenue tells us that sex sells everything (including the clothes many wear). Are we really immune from this all-pervasive assault? Anger? Of course, none of us ever have a problem with this! Gluttony? We live in the historically most overweight country in history. Was it pure virtue and self-control which earned us this fact? Has the point been made?

A daily examination of conscience needs to answer Joshua’s question: “Decide today whom you will serve.”

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