“No servant can serve two masters…” Luke 16:13
When you’re under stress and something irritates you, how do you react?
When temptation comes your way, how do you handle it?
When you lack sleep and something “throws you off”, how do you deal with it? (Hello fellow sleep deprived parents…)
As I was reflecting on this Sunday’s readings, I found this beautiful analogy from Catholic Harbor of Faith and Morals:
“Bees will never enter into an unclean hive. Hence, those who rear them purify the hive for the new swarm by fumigation, perfumes, and spiced wines; otherwise the unpleasant odour would drive the bees away. It is the same with the Holy Spirit. Our soul is like a hive, which is fitted for receiving swarms of spiritual graces; but if it contains only gall and bitterness and anger, these holy swarms will take flight. Hence it is that this holy and wise Cultivator purifies our hive so carefully. He does not make use of any instrument of iron; but He invites us to receive the spiritual swarm, and in order to fit us for its reception He purifies us by prayer, labour, and other means. See how He cleanses our heart; He banishes falsehood and anger, and next He teaches us how to root out the evil entirely–that is, by keeping no bitterness in the soul. Hatred infects the whole soul, ruins it completely, and ends by hurling its victim into hell. We must subdue, or rather exterminate, this wild beast. Let us follow St. Paul’s admonition, ‘Let all bitterness be banished from amongst you'” (Hom, on Ephes. xv.).
If we say we love God, then we should love other people, too. And it wouldn’t be loving God if we were mean to others around us.
“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.” 1 Corinthians 13:4-5
Let’s learn from these bees and guard our hearts and souls.
And as you think about this, I’ll leave you with this song to soothe and refresh your spirits. God bless!