July 31, 2016
18th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Then (Jesus) said to the crowd, “Take care to guard against all greed, for though one may be rich, one’s life does not consist of possessions.” Luke 12:15
I have a smart-phone. When I bought it, I felt it was necessary for me to have one. But I still ask myself from time to time, is it necessary? Or did I just want it?
I don’t think there is anything wrong with possessions themselves. It is our attachment that becomes the problem.
So I have done a lot of praying and pondering about this. And I had not come up with an answer that eased my mind very much. Until the day I showed one of my sons the apps I have on the phone.
Other than the useful ones like email, phone, calendar and a things-to-do list, most of them were Catholic apps. There is the bible, the rosary, other prayers, the Divine Office, the Roman Catholic calendar of saints, etc. Podcasts are almost all prayer related. And I have ebooks on it, most of them Catholic prayer and spirituality related.
So this fancy phone has certainly made my life easier. And it has helped me with my prayer life, too, believe it or not. I actually have an alarm that reminds me throughout the day to take a moment and just BE with God.
Am I attached? I don’t really think so, but I continually ask myself that question in order to guard my heart about this and other possessions.
And I pray.
I pray that my heart is in the right place.
I pray that I am “rich in what matters to God.” (Luke 12:21)
Dear Lord, help me to remember to always put you first. Help me to be rich only in what matters to you. May I always know when to let go. May I always guard my heart. Amen.
Colleen, I too struggle with the “devices” and distractions that take away from what I should most probably be doing. My cell phone is full of Catholic apps that take me closer to God and his will for me throughout the day and on into the future. I often find that the distractions take away from my devotion to God throughout the day. It is a matter of choosing to do the ‘right thing’. There I find the most fulfillment in taking that mental step to choose God and not the worldly things that constantly fight for my attention. Thank you for the parallel insight and keep up the good work. Peace.
Thank you for sharing, Stephen. God bless.