John Connelly


25th Sunday in Ordinary Time – September 18, 2016
Amos 8.4-7 | Psalm 113 | 1 Timothy 2.1-7 | Luke 16.1-13
September 12, 2016

Jesus, in this week's Gospel, says, "Whoever is faithful in a very little is faithful also in much; and whoever is dishonest in a very little is dishonest also in much."

This Scripture should get our attention. It speaks volumes in a world that ignores virtue and actually celebrates vice. It speaks to us of purity of heart, purity of intention, purity of life.

It reveals the profound truth that everything matters. Every detail of life is important. Every moment is a gift to be lived honestly.

It is easy to miss the weight of these divine words. They call us to a clear conscience. They call us to examine our lives daily in the light of truth.

Whoever is faithful in a very little is faithful also in much. - Luke 16.10

'Whoever is faithful in a very little is faithful also in much.'

Luke 16.10

St. Ignatius Loyola taught that nothing is more important than a short daily look at our conscience. He called this the daily examen. (A free app called Examen Prayer by Father Michael Dent can help one learn this simple process.)

The question for all of us is: Did I cooperate with Jesus and his love working through me today?

When we lose sight of Jesus, we lose sight of the ultimate reality that should guide us constantly. Little things start to slip. We start watching things and listening to things we know deep down are not right. We start to make excuses. We start to live a life of compromise. It happens to all of us.

The daily examen calls us back to Jesus. Back to love and mercy. Back to the life we are meant to live.

St. Ignatius says, "Try to keep your soul always in peace and quiet, always be ready for whatever our Lord may wish to work in you."

Only when we quiet our restless souls do we hear the still small voice of the Holy Spirit work lovingly in our conscience. The Spirit does not condemn us but gently calls us to be the person we were created to be.

Little things matter. A simple word of encouragement. A well-placed email. A timely gift of presence and love. Taking time for prayer and spiritual reading.

As we take time to keep a clear conscience and do little things with love, God gives us more. More capacity to love, more joy, more opportunities to serve.

Mother Teresa encouraged people to do little things with great love. She never expected to found a religious order that touches millions of lives. She never expected to become an icon of divine love and mercy.

Examine your life daily. Do little things with great love. Live the humble revolution of Jesus so the world can see and celebrate the light of grace and virtue.

This is our call.

Jesus, teach us to be aware of the little things in life, help us to examine our conscience daily, to follow you moment by moment, day by day. Amen.