06/19 Saturday Week XI

“You cannot serve God and wealth”

GOSPEL, Matthew (6: 24-34)

Gospel of Our Lord Jesus Christ according to Saint Matthew

Serving Two Masters

24 “No one can serve two masters; for a slave will either hate the one and love the other, or be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and wealth.

Do Not Worry

25 “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink,] or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? 26 Look at the birds of the air; they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? 27 And can any of you by worrying add a single hour to your span of life? 28 And why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they neither toil nor spin, 29 yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not clothed like one of these. 30 But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? 31 Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What will we eat?’ or ‘What will we drink?’ or ‘What will we wear?’ 32 For it is the Gentiles who strive for all these things; and indeed your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. 33 But strive first for the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34 “So do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring worries of its own. Today’s trouble is enough for today.

The Gospel of the Lord

 

REFLECTION

Before the proclamation of the Word of God, let us meditate calmly and serenely on trust in God and work. God must be in our work and our work must be in God, so we must not walk restlessly, let us not lose peace with eagerness; let us not have two masters; let us live for the one Lord, “the Lord”.

“Above all, seek the kingdom of God and his righteousness; the rest will be given to you in addition”. This conclusion is in answer to the basic attitude of all Christians, followers of Christ. We are able to establish the hierarchy of values ​​desired by Jesus, by choosing God and His Kingdom as the priority in our lives. He does not say seek “only” but “above all”; with this he does not exclude the rest, but puts it in its proper place.

The follower of Christ is put to the test: His faith and trust in God or security and economic security.

Jesus asks us to trust and abandon all into Gods hands, teaching us to pray to the Father: “Give us this day, our daily bread.”

This trust does not exempt us from our responsibility in temporal tasks; it does not allow us to lose interest in our Christian commitment in the world. The search for the Kingdom does not exclude human and temporal development, it is asking for it. Man is the collaborator of God’s work in the world, whose resources have a universal recipient.

Christ’s proposal is clear: Free from existential anguish and possessive fever, let us seek first the kingdom of God and its righteousness; the rest we will receive in addition.

 

PRAYER

God our Father, teach us to put all our trust in you, for you love us and know what we need. Give us our daily bread today, Lord, and set us free from the obsessive anguish of tomorrow, may we share our bread with all the hungry and seek your kingdom of Peace and Love. Amen.