25th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year C
Praise the Lord, who raises the poor
O God, who founded all the commands of your sacred Law
upon love of you and of our neighbour,
grant that, by keeping your precepts,
we may merit to attain eternal life.
This week’s readings challenge us to reflect on our attitude towards money. It should never displace our generous and just God from being at the centre of our lives.
In the First Reading, Amos attacks those who take advantage of the poor and attempts to enslave them. God will remember their evil deeds.
The Psalm calls us to praise the Lord who from the height of his throne in heaven bends down to lift up the lowly and set them in the company of princes.
The Second Reading stresses that God wants everyone to be saved. So we are to pray for all, especially for those with authority over others in business or government.
In the Gospel extract, Jesus tells us to be careful with money. Riches can rule us as a master would a slave, preventing us from using our God-given freedom to love and serve the Lord. Being faithful in small things helps us to focus on the ‘genuine riches’ in our lives.
This week, I might ask God to help me be more aware of the real riches in my life, and better able to love and serve the Lord through that.