Gospel – 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 on the Gospel
Let us remember that we are in the holy presence of God.
I wonder if I will spend my whole life trying to serve two masters.
Jesus is asking me to make the kingdom of God and his righteousness the priority of my life.
His righteousness is the concept to make things right.
Some people have more than enough.
Some people are starving.
Maybe making things right would be easier if I didn’t put myself first.
God knows everything that I need but sometimes I think I know better than God.
Do you try to serve two masters?
Do you believe Jesus that you are worth more than wild flowers?
How would today be different for me if I believed that tomorrow will take care of itself?
Saint John Baptist de La Salle – Pray for us.
Live, Jesus, in our hearts – Forever.