Homily for Friday of the 11th Week in Ordinary Time
Yesterday, I was scrolling through Instagram, which is something that I find myself doing too much of from time to time, and I saw this one video of a protestant pastor sharing something with a group of young people from his church that really struck a chord with me. And, it’s something that relates to today’s Gospel.
This pastor posed a question to the members of his congregation; he asked: “If the Lord were to remove something from your life today, would you trust that He had a reason for it and accept that decision, or would you not be able to live without it?” Then he followed up the question with this thought: “If you were not able to live without the thing – or the person, even – that the Lord removed, then that means your identity was somehow connected to it. And if your identity is connected to it, then that thing has become your idol.” That may not be the case for everything, but at least it is enough to make us think.
Today’s Gospel is challenging us to reflect on the things that we make a priority in our lives. We are being invited to consider what things we give emphasis to: maybe it’s our material possessions, our financial success, our career, our social position. Are we giving those things more priority than our relationship with God?
This morning, I would like us to sit in silence for a couple of minutes and just reflect on that. What are we giving priority to? Are the things we focus on bringing us closer to God or have they become our idols? If Jesus were to ask us to give up one of those things for Him, would we be able to do that? How would you respond?