September 19, 2016
by Catie Bacon
Creighton University's Human Resources
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Monday of the Twenty-fifth Week in Ordinary Time
Lectionary: 449

Proverbs 3:27-34
Psalm 15:2-3a, 3bc-4ab, 5
Luke 8:16-18

Praying Ordinary Time

In today’s world it seems harder and harder to be a vocal Christian. Perhaps this is just my own, personal perception. To be quite honest, I am fearful that voicing my belief will offend others and get me into some kind of trouble. I find myself purposefully avoiding commenting on Facebook, engaging in heated debates with colleagues or inserting my opinion on delicate topics, all because I fear the retribution and attack of others. This has stifled my eagerness to share the Gospel message, which is not what I want.

Today’s reading from Luke reiterates Jesus’ message to us that we need to put our lamp on a lampstand and be seen, not concealed. If I am an authentic, genuine Christian, my devotion to God will show through my love for others and my heart to serve. I won’t have to say anything at all! Not that I should keep quiet, either; I think we have to delicately balance when to be quiet and when to speak, and then ask God to guide our speech when appropriate. But this is a good reminder to me that as a Christian, it is our love that separates us from others. I do not have to engage in aggressive discussions or disagreements with others to get my point across. All I have to do is love.

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