Posted by: frburke23 | August 12, 2012

Thought for Monday, 19th Week in Ordinary Time

Matthew 17:22-27

As Jesus and his disciples were gathering in Galilee,
Jesus said to them,
“The Son of Man is to be handed over to men,
and they will kill him, and he will be raised on the third day.”
And they were overwhelmed with grief.

When they came to Capernaum,
the collectors of the temple tax approached Peter and said,
“Does not your teacher pay the temple tax?”
“Yes,” he said.
When he came into the house, before he had time to speak,
Jesus asked him, “What is your opinion, Simon?
From whom do the kings of the earth take tolls or census tax?
From their subjects or from foreigners?”
When he said, “From foreigners,” Jesus said to him,
“Then the subjects are exempt.
But that we may not offend them, go to the sea, drop in a hook,
and take the first fish that comes up.
Open its mouth and you will find a coin worth twice the temple tax.
Give that to them for me and for you.”


We are foreigners in this land.  We are sojourners on our way to heaven.  Do we approach life as if this were the end?  Do we focus our attention on building up treasure in heaven?  Or are we focused on this life?

I am always amazed at the Home Makeover Shows.  We think that having the perfect house, with the perfect shrubs, with the manicured grass – that will make us happy.  And yet do we pay the same attention to detail in our spiritual life?

I would love to see the Soul Makeover shows.  These shows would focus on our prayer life and our relationship with the Lord.  It would not worry at all about the appearance because God looks into the heart.

Where is my focus?

Am I preparing my heart for heaven on a daily basis?

Or do I spend all my time worrying about the things of this world – job, house, money, etc.?

Have a blessed day,

Fr. Burke

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  1. Excellence advice. Thank you for your wisdom. It brings me much peace.

  2. Why don’t you initiate the “Soul Makeover” show on EWTN?!

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