Memorial of Saint Martin of Tours, Bishop
In an age where multi-tasking is the norm, can Jesus’ words that one cannot serve both God and Mammon make any sense? In an era, where small matters do not matter at all, Jesus is calling us to be faithful in small matters! And at a time, when self-esteem and social recognition are exalted as necessary factors in life, how can we understand these words of Jesus: ‘what is of human esteem is an abomination in the sight of God’?
If, we think of brushing aside these words of Jesus, saying that they are outdated, we ought to remember what Jesus said about His words: ‘Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away’ (Lk 21:33). Hence there is no question of saying that the words of the Gospel are outdated or out of context.
Let us now look into our life. Very often, we try to serve two masters in life. On the one hand, we want to serve God, but on the other hand, we don’t want to displease human beings. In the bargain, we end up pleasing human beings and offending God. For example, if I am in the company of people of other faith or with those who don’t believe in God at all, I will never speak of God or bear witness to Christ. While I seem to respect human beings, I am clearly displeasing God by not bearing witness to Him. There have even been cases of people who have abandoned their faith in Christ in order to unite with a loved one or to get a lucrative job or to secure some other worldly benefit.
We need to understand that friendship with the world is enmity with God (James 4:4). Hence if we try to live at peace with the world, we would eventually be at war with God. Therefore, today, we are called to discern and decide whom to serve? Let us become the servants of God and God alone.