June 21, 2014

The Gospel Today 

Memorial of Saint Aloysius Gonzaga, Religious

Matthew 6:24-34

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. Mark Ian Abu):

     In today’s Gospel, Jesus told his disciples not to be anxious about material things for the heavenly Father knows everything that they need. He had set examples of the things that they should not worry about. He said that it was useless to think too much of what they will eat or drink or wear because life was more than all these bodily needs. He used the birds in the sky and the wild flowers, which received its nourishment even without working or spinning, to explain that it was worthless exerting all efforts on these fading things. According to Jesus, what was important is to seek the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be given.

     In all the words of Jesus, He is not telling that we should not worry or work at all – but it is useless to be too anxious. In fact, nobody is free from worry but still there is truth in what Jesus says: worrying does not add a single moment to one’s life-span. We cannot prolong our life by being too much anxious but more we are consuming it in the way we let it suffer. We must do our best and leave the rest to God.

     Many of us are thinking that the material things are more important than our life and relationship with others. There are instances that we give too much time to our work, as a result we neglect our true responsibility to others – to love and to serve them. Our life and personal relationship are greater blessings than our livelihood and possessions. We are more valuable than the birds in the sky and the lilies in the field. If God takes care of them, how much more He takes care of us who are created in His own image and likeness.

     Let us pray to God that He may grant us the grace to really entrust ourselves to Him and that He will allow us to experience peace and happiness while we put everything under His guidance and protection. It is a challenge for us to be dependent to God, hope in Him at all times and love Him with your whole heart.

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