22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time
September 3, 2006
Split-level Christianity is how we describe the level of faith that is oriented to both God and the world.
It is like a scene from Godfather I, in which a baby is being carried by Don Corleone (Al Pacino) to be baptized in a church. While the priest solemnly baptizes the child, in another scene and juxtaposed to it, Corleone's men is killing his family's enemies.
We may be saying, "I am a Catholic and I am practicing my faith," but eventually the conduct of our lives will prove whether we really are for the Lord or not.
The ultimate test is what is eventually our hearts' desires, and the Lord can see through this.
Pray then for a proper orientation towards doing God's will instead our own. Ask for a heart that is real and a heart that reaches out to others and to God. Ask for strength to remain faithful to Lord despite the lures of this world.
Ask for a heart that belongs only to God, to love, and to life.
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