18 June 2016
Saturday, 11th Week in Ordinary Time
2 Chr 24:17 – 25 / Mt 6:24 – 34
Gospel Reading: Mt 6: 24 - 34
Jesus said to his disciples, "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."
In the Gospel reading Jesus teaches us about the necessary "balancing act" in our lives, a very hard, if not among the most difficult, act in our lives. You may want to call it by other names, e.g. my "choices," "my priorities," or "whom shall I serve?" or "what shall I do?"
Jesus does not deny the reality of human needs. Big Mac, anyone? A weekend in Macau or HongKong perhaps? He forbids that they become objects of severe anxiety, making us their slaves.
"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."
Plainly stated, focus not on the gifts, but solely on the Giver. And why? Because the Lord will provide all our needs, especially if we trust in him.
WE PRAY FOR MTQ DAILY PRAYER DIARY INTENTIONS:
Alfred Johnson Gotamco Dy
Anne Gretchen Choa-Uy
John Paul T. Dy
Wilbert Lim & Regina Lim
IN MEMORIAM (+)
Tony Ng Chu Chee (Nov 1, 1919 – Jun 18, 2005)
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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