The Sermon for the 18th Sunday in Ordinary Time
18 Sunday OT – The Mecca of the Mall
Nothing wrong with money, nothing wrong with investments, nothing wrong with wealth, nothing wrong with success, nothing wrong with financial planning. There is nothing wrong with ambition. It’s whether your ambitions are worthy. The key is detachment
Focus on Gods will vs. focusing on results. Through the cross, Christ sanctified everything especially failure. God can make a lesson, or bring a blessing, NOT out of success but out of every failure. Mother Teresa said, “God is not interested in your success; God is interested on your faithfulness.”
When we build the barns of activity or harvest the weeds of success what are we teaching the trophy children? What are we modeling? What am I packing in my storehouse? What keeps me restless and causes me to lose sleep? – What leads to “Slow me down Lord” (Prayer, Scripture study, Fellowship) vs. What speeds me up (Worry, Doing my job (but just my job).
God’s will leads to peace. This is how we know. What do you do to check in to see if the peace is there – or not? (“So do not worry and say, ‘What are we to eat?’ or ‘What are we to drink?’ or ‘What are we to wear?’ All these things the pagans seek. Your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. But seek first the kingdom (of God) and his righteousness, and all these things will be given you besides. Do not worry about tomorrow; tomorrow will take care of itself. Sufficient for a day is its own evil.” Matthew 6:31-34)
Don’t think “Nothing is going to happen”. Think “When is it going to happen and am I ready?”
Think, is this the one-millionth coincidence?
Discover that Providence is trusting in God.