What Question Guides You?

Jer 31:31-34 / Mt 16:13-23

When it’s time to prepare a tax return or when the IRS shows up for an audit, there are very few people anywhere who fail to ask the question: “What’s the least that I can do and still stay out of trouble.” It’s a fair question in that circumstance, and we’d be foolish not to ask it.

Unfortunately, that way of thinking can invade other parts of our lives and can impoverish us exactly where we ought to be rich and happy. Imagine thinking in those minimalist terms when it comes to your spouse, or children, or best friends. It surely doesn’t leave much room for the giving that comes from the heart and binds us together.

Worse yet, imagine how that kind of thinking can spoil your relationship with the Lord. If your imagination isn’t that good, just take a look at the many folks who visit our churches on weekends to get their Sunday obligation “out of the way.” They come late and leave early, and their sour faces tell more than we want to know about the condition of their hearts.

The prophet Jeremiah shows us a far better way of living, where the law is written on our hearts and not just in books, and where we find our truest joy in giving our best from the heart without counting the cost.

What question guides your life? Is it the IRS question: “What’s the least I can do?” Or is it the Lord’s question: “What’s the best I can do?” Just keep in mind: As you sow, so shall you reap!

  • sheiladarisse

    Brothers and sisters, pray for me. I’m constantly asking God for strength to fight an addiction that I’m not really ready to stop, and He’s getting fed up with it. Please pray for my healing from this addiction and that I will ask God for help and healing with the proper heart and intention.

    God be with us all, ~Sheila

  • gtreichel


    I prayed for you. Now it’s time for you to open up your heart to God. I suggest going before Him at a perpetual adoration chapel or better yet receiving Him after a proper reception of the Sacrament of Reconciliation, performing your penance, and receiving Him in the Eucharist. Ask God to heal you. Ask Him to strengthen you to resist temptation. Realize that Life is a marathon, not a sprint. We need Him to make it through the journey. He gives us His Word, the Church, the Sacraments, and our brothers and sisters in Christ. We are never alone! Peace be with you.

    Your brother in Christ,

    Gus Treichel

  • peanutbutter

    I will pray for you after communion tomorrow. It is my habit to make my thanksgiving after communion before the Blessed Sacrament in our Adoration chapel. I say the Chapulet of Divine Mercy for the healing of those who have asked for prayer for themselves or someone they know. It has never failed to bring relief.

    Also, dear one, if at all possible I would recommend you make a pilgrimage to Mexico City to the shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe. She is the best intercessor for addictions and in my own family we experienced a miraculous change.