June 23, 2018
Saturday of the Eleventh Week in Ordinary Time
The Gospel Today
Jesus said to his disciples:
“No one can serve two masters.
He will either hate one and love the other,
or be devoted to one and despise the other.
You cannot serve God and mammon.
“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life,
what you will eat or drink,
or about your body, what you will wear.
Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing?
Look at the birds in the sky;
they do not sow or reap, they gather nothing into barns,
yet your heavenly Father feeds them.
Are not you more important than they?
Can any of you by worrying add a single moment to your life-span?
Why are you anxious about clothes?
Learn from the way the wild flowers grow.
They do not work or spin.
But I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor
was clothed like one of them.
If God so clothes the grass of the field,
which grows today and is thrown into the oven tomorrow,
will he not much more provide for you, O you of little faith?
So do not worry and say, ‘What are we to eat?’
or ‘What are we to drink?’ or ‘What are we to wear?’
All these things the pagans seek.
Your heavenly Father knows that you need them all.
But seek first the Kingdom of God and his righteousness,
and all these things will be given you besides.
Do not worry about tomorrow; tomorrow will take care of itself.
Sufficient for a day is its own evil.”
Reflection (Sem. Alfredo O. Dimaano Jr.)
God cannot really be outdone in generosity. So why worry?
Much of our anxieties are caused by our non-dependence on God. We want to provide for everything. We want to do whatever it takes to make sure that our loved ones will get a good and decent living. But we have to acknowledge that all is because of God’s grace.
Jesus said these very assuring words: “Do not worry about tomorrow; tomorrow will take care of itself.” What we must do is to live in the present moment. This does not mean that I should not look forward into the future. No—the future is filled in itself with much hope. But when I live in the present moment, all that I do is to abandon myself to God’s providence while I do whatever I can in my personal capacity.
How to live in the present moment? To savor every second and being wholly present in everything that I do, that is, to pray when I pray; to laugh when I laugh; to cry when I feel sorrow; to give my all attention in my studies when it is time to study; to listen when someone needs my presence. It is to just be there, right in the moment.
Breathe. God is in charge. Live in the moment.