Making God the priority in our lives is tough these days. But what are we comparing it to? When was the last time we needed to organize a nation and fight those who would stand between us and God? A little perspective is needed, and Joshua and Peter give it to us this coming Sunday. But the readings are all about that “submission” thing, so we don’t cover it (because your homilist will) except for a brief (but important) definition. Instead, this week our disccussion is much more personal. Do you dare read? And after that, do you dare bring it up with those who are closest to you? Our activity – and we invite you to do it while we do it – is as simple as gathering pen and paper together (remember those?!).
And then what will you do with what you wrote down?
To Whom Shall I Go? Making God The Priority
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Catechesis At Home – Twenty-First Sunday of Ordinary Time – Year B
To Whom Shall I Go? Making God The Priority
DISCUSSION – Making God The Priority By Asking the Tough Question
Joshua said, “As for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.” In the Gospel Peter echoes this sentiment when he says, “To whom shall we go? You have the words of everlasting life.”
Both Joshua and Peter are answering the tough question of life priorities. To whom do we go? Do we place other “gods” before the Lord? Is our life given in service to the Lord, the Bread of Life? How do we serve Him? In what ways does our life point to Jesus?
For those of us who are married, does our marriage mirror Christ and the Church? Do we love and serve one another as Christ loves the Church and the Church serves Christ? (This is the true meaning of “submission” – putting one’s own mission under or in-line with [“sub”] another’s mission.) Is our marriage helping to prepare our children for marriage? Does it witness to a life-long covenant? Is our marriage life-affirming and life-giving?
In the single life, does how we live that life witness to that vocation set before us? Do we offer our life to Christ as He offers His to us? Single people have some similar and many different commitments than a married person, and those commitments can be just as life-giving to others – if we choose.
Because God loves us, Jesus opened for us the gates to eternal life through His sacrifice on the Cross and His Resurrection. Because God loves us, in the Eucharist He gives us the ability to be conformed to the Trinity. That makes it possible for our souls to be healed and strengthens us to serve Him here on earth so we can live with Him eternally in heaven. So why aren’t we making God the priority in our lives?
ACTIVITY – Making God The Priority By Answering the Tough Question
This week let’s take time to look at our priorities. Make a list of your normal weekly activities and next to each activity write approximately how long you spend doing those things. Re-write the list from greatest amount of time to least amount of time.
Service to God – prayer, worship, service to others in His name – should be number one. Service to others may take the form of serving our family through work, housekeeping, cooking, educating, etc. If you work for a living, do you offer that as a sacrifice back to God for the care of your family or others? Is our recreation life-giving or life-affirming? Or is it detrimental or even sinful?
How is God calling us to change? Do our priorities or schedule need re-arranging to align with God’s will?
FOLLOW-UP ACTIVITY – Jesus Helps Us By Making God The Priority
Jesus is waiting for us in the Eucharist. He has given EVERYTHING He has and is to YOU! Run to Him and place your “everything” in His hands. Offer yourself to Him, as you receive Him in Holy Communion so He can be your priority and you “can do all things through Christ who strengthens me!” (Philippians 4:13)
To whom shall we go?
As for me and my household, we will serve the Lord!
Come join us!
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by Beth & Kristofer Cowles
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One of the seven social teachings of the Catholic Church, caring for our earthly home is intimately connected to every part of our life.
After quoting an 80s video game and Monty Python, Beth and Kristofer dive into this topic with Kristofer making sure everyone knows he is not a tree hugger.
Then they go on identifying birds and trees as they walk by. Well, the topic is what the topic is – and they do answer the question we all have about that environment issue.
Yeah, that one.