Friday, June 20, 2014
Saturday 11th Week in Ordinary Time
Saturday 11th Week in Ordinary Time
[Memorial, St. Aloysius Gonzaga]
2 Chr 24: 17-25 / Ps 89: 4-5, 29-30, 31-32, 33-34 / Mt 6: 24-34
Reading: 2 Chr 24: 17-25
After the death of Jehoiada, the officials of Judah came to pay court to the king, and the king now turned to them for advice. The Judaeans abandoned the house of Yahweh, the God of their ancestors, for the worship of sacred trunks and idols and God's anger fell on Judah and Jerusalem because of their guilt. He sent them prophets to bring them back to Yahweh, but when the prophets spoke, they would not listen. The spirit of God took control of Zechariah, son of Jehoiada the priest. He stood up before the people and said, "God says this: Why are you disobeying the commandments of Yahweh? You cannot prosper. You have abandoned Yahweh and he will abandon you." They then plotted against him and by order of the king stoned him in the court of Yahweh's House. King Joash forgot the kindness of Jehoiada, the father of Zechariah, and killed Jehoiada's son who cried out as he died, "Let Yahweh see and do justice!" When a year had gone by, the Aramaean army made war on Joash. They reached Judah and Jerusalem, and killed all the officials among the people, sending back to the king of Damascus all that they had plundered from them. Though the Aramaean army was small, Yahweh delivered into its power an army of great size for they had abandoned him, the God of their ancestors. The Aramaeans wounded Joash and when they withdrew they left him a very sick man; and his officers, plotting against him to avenge the death of the son of Jehoiada the priest, murdered him in his bed. So he died, and they buried him in the City of David, though not in the tombs of the king.
Gospel: Matthew 6:24-34
No one can serve two masters; for he will either hate one and love the other, or he will be loyal to the first and look down on the second. You cannot at the same time serve God and money. This is why I tell you not to be worried about food and drink for yourself, or about clothes for your body. Is not life more important than food and is not the body more important than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow, they do not harvest and do not store food in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not worth much more than birds? Can any of you add a day to your life by worrying about it? Why are you so worried about your clothes? Look at the flowers in the fields how they grow. They do not toil or spin. But I tell you that not even Solomon in all his wealth was clothed like one of these. If God so clothes the grass in the field which blooms today and is to be burned tomorrow in an oven, how much more will he clothe you? What little faith you have! Do not worry and say: What are we going to eat? What are we going to drink? Or: what shall we wear? The pagans busy themselves with such things; but your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. Set your heart first on the kingdom and justice of God and all these things will also be given to you. Do not worry about tomorrow for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.
"This is why I tell you: do not be worried about the food and drink you need in order to stay alive, or about clothes for your body. After all, isn't life worth more than food? And isn't the body worth more than clothes?" -Mt 6:25
There is a song that goes, "Don't worry, be happy." The internet is so full of this reminder. Many books have been published about this theme. The most reassuring line, for most people, comes from the Bible, "Do not be worried about the food and drink you need in order to stay alive, or about the clothes for your body. After all, isn't life worth more than food? And isn't the body worth more than clothes?" (Matthew 6:25)
In the previous years, many calamities struck our country. Many lost their lives, houses, properties when these natural disasters struck. They say, nature is the great equalizer. It neither recognizes wealth nor talents. The rain falls on both the rich and the poor, the sun shines on the good and the bad. What is commendable, however, is the fact that when a catastrophe befalls us, both the rich and the poor come to the aid of those in need. They bring both food and clothing for the victims. Through these people God provided for His people.
It is in times of disasters that we understand that living is beyond what we wear and what we eat. It means respect, compassion, understanding, care, consideration and above all love for others. When we do this we become one as God's family. And being God's family means that what we eat and wear are not as important as how well we live out our Christianity.
What have you done for God lately?
We pray ...
... for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the unborn
... for all the prayer intentions in the MTQ Dailyprayer Diary
... for families who are in need of healing
... for world peace and reconciliation
... for the intentions of the Xavier School alumni retreatants
Finally, we pray for one another, for those who have asked our prayers and for those who need our prayers the most.
Have a good day!
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