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18th Sunday in Ordinary Time

July 31, 2011

GOD’S ECONOMIC POLICY

In our reading from Isaiah, God tells us to come . . . without cost.   Come EVERYONE and eat and drink as much as you would like.  Even if you have nothing to contribute; it matters not, come and dine at the banquet of God.

And St. Paul tells the Romans that there is nothing you can do that will keep you from the love of God.  In my opinion it is one of the foundational pieces of scripture in the Bible.  When you can – go and re-read it:  Romans 8:35-39.

And if there is nothing we can do that will keep God from loving us, then it also means (and here is the catch) that there is nothing we can do to earn God’s love.

Here is the problem:  I believe we have, quite unconsciously, adopted the economic policies of our society into our styles of worship and thoughts of the Kingdom of God.

That is to say, I believe our worship has become consumer-driven.  We must ask ourselves:  do I treat church like a grocery store?  We come in, get what we want, and then leave?

CLICK HERE for the Readings for the 18th Sunday in Ordinary Time: (Isaiah 55:1-3; Romans 8:35, 37-39; Matthew 14:13-21)

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