Mass Readings: Jeremiah 17:5-10/Luke 16:19-31

I Place My Trust in . . . ?

When an old schoolmate and I ran into each other at a weekday Mass he asked if I went regularly. “Only when I need something,” I joked. We laughed but I think we both knew there was some truth to that. For both of us.

Today’s reading from Jeremiah begins with the Lord saying “cursed is the man who trusts in human beings, who seeks his strength in flesh.” My first thought was the passage that describes those who get suckered by others when it comes to pseudo-religious cults or get-rich schemes. But there’s a more basic application to this. At times, I can be that human being, convincing myself to trust in me. Alone. The one seeking strength in me. Alone. I storm heaven when I want something, but I need to stay in better touch when I don’t.

Prayer: Lord, help me be more than a “foul-weather’ friend to You.