Love's Labor Found
Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Today I will take stock of my loves to make sure they don't compete with my love for God.
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Luke 12: 13-21Introductory Prayer:Lord
Jesus, I believe you want me to have faith in you, faith that hearkens to your words without any
second guessing. I hope in your words, not relying solely on my own strength or reasoning. I love
you. You continue to astonish me by showing me that your ways are not my
Petition:Lord, may I love you with all my heart, mind, soul and
1. Love's Labor Lost:"Take care to guard against all greed." Greed arises when our heart loves
material things and possessions in selfish and disordered ways. God created "things" material
reality for a purpose: to help us fulfill our mission in this life. Our heart can grow to love these
things and to love accumulating wealth for its own sake, not for the sake of using it to fulfill our
mission and save our soul.
Love:Jesus has called us to "love the Lord your God
with your whole heart, your whole soul, with all your strength and with all your mind." But we only
have one heart, one soul, one will and one mind. If I love material wealth in a disordered way, then
my one heart, one soul, etc. will be divided and pulled in many directions simultaneously. Not only
will I not be able to love God with a total, faithful, focused love, I will not be able to love
anyone in this way. No matter whom I love, my love will always be weakened and diluted by a divided
3. Late Have I Loved:"Late have I loved You, O Beauty ever ancient, ever new, late have I loved
You. You were within me, and I looked outside; I sought you, and miserable as I was, I longed for
creatures, I was detained by the wonderful works of your hands" (St. Augustine, Confessions). What
dilutes my love is disordered affection for the things God created. Our heart is capable of loving
multiple persons and things (God, parents, children, friends), but only to the degree it is capable
of focusing on one of them. Loving God first is like using a magnifying glass: The rays of sunlight,
like the affection and love we have for numerous persons and things, are united by the glass and
magnified into a more powerful beam. When we love God first, our love for others and the world
increases in intensity.Conversation with
Christ:Lord, you created my heart to love. Often I
fall in love with the things you created. I can even begin to love them more than you, to forget
that you are their Creator and that you have given them to me to lead me to you. Help me to love you
above them all, and to thank and bless you in a thousand ways.
Resolution:Today I will
take stock of my loves to make sure they don't compete with my love for God.
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