Saturday in the Eleventh Week of Ordinary Time
“No one can serve two masters; for a slave will either hate the one and love the other, or be devoted to the one and despise the other.”
A husband and wife were taking an early morning walk with their beautiful brown and white collie. Along the way they talked about which one of them Lassie loved the most. The husband was convinced he was loved more because of the joy Lassie showed when he came home each evening, and she was equally convinced Lassie loved her more because she fed their collie every day.
When they came to a crossroad, his wife suggested they challenge Lassi to a test. She said, “You go left and I’ll go right, not looking back until we are 100 steps apart. The one Lassie follows is the one most loved.” He agreed. After 100 steps they both turned around and saw Lassie running first toward him, and then toward her, unable to decide which one to follow, back and forth. Finally, Lassie stopped in the middle, sat down and started barking, looking helplessly from one to the other, unable to choose.
Jesus says we can’t serve two masters, God and what is not-God. It’s a choice we make many times a day! For us there’s no middle ground.