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Friday, September 17, 2021

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St. Robert Bellarmine

1 Timothy 6:2-12
Psalm 49:6-10, 17-20
Luke 8:1-3

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“If we have food and clothing we have all that we need.” —1 Timothy 6:8

The Bible says all we need is food to eat and clothes to wear (1 Tm 6:8). Very few Christians agree with this. Most feel they at least need a house for shelter, insurance for security, a car for transportation, a phone for communication, and Wifi for entertainment. What Americans consider a simple life is extravagant by biblical standards.

The Bible considers the typical American lifestyle a “temptation and a trap” (1 Tm 6:9). By our lifestyle, we let ourselves “be captured by foolish and harmful desires which drag men down to ruin and destruction” (1 Tm 6:9).

When Jesus talked like this to “the Pharisees, who were avaricious men” (Lk 16:14), they “began to deride Him. He said to them: ‘You justify yourselves in the eyes of men, but God reads your hearts. What man thinks important, God holds in contempt’ ” (Lk 16:14-15).

We must let Jesus be Lord of our lifestyle. Otherwise, He’s not Lord of our lives.

Prayer:  Father, may they know we are Christians by our lifestyle, lived in love for You and for others.

Promise:  Jesus “journeyed through towns and villages preaching and proclaiming the good news of the kingdom of God.” —Lk 8:1

Praise:  St. Robert’s defense of truth and Catholic teaching was so blessed by God that it was erroneously believed to have been written by a group of scholars.

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