24 "No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon. 25 "Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you shall eat or what you shall drink, nor about your body, what you shall put on. 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 which of you by being anxious can add one cubit to his span of life? 28 And why are you anxious 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 arrayed like one of these. 30 But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O men of little faith? 31 Therefore do not be anxious, saying, `What shall we eat?' or `What shall we drink?' or `What shall we wear?' 32 For the Gentiles seek all these things; and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. 33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things shall be yours as well. 34 "Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Let the day's own trouble be sufficient for the day.
For a desperate people, Temple destroyed, half of them in Exile, through the prophet Isaiah God makes them to understand not only the divine sensibility, but also one of the divine qualities, a purely human and understandable comparison, A maternal love towards the divine love where God will give himself in Jesus Christ. God is present and sensible to their sufferings. "Even if your mother forgets you, I will not forget you. ", An assurance and confirmation, especially for a people constantly unfaithful. The Christian faith and the relationship we have with God is founded in this divine mercy, a faithful God to his covenant. It is in this faithfulness that we find the source of divine mercy and love.
All those who have recognized this mercy of God, like the sinful woman, the rich Zacchaeus, the publican before the Temple, Peter who denied the Lord, Thomas the unbeliever, and the Saul who became Paul, have glorified the Lord. And the Lord has raised them from an ordinary people towards a transformed humanity. The adulteress woman will become the apostle of the apostles, because God has chosen her to announce the resurrection to His disciples. Thomas was the first one to proclaim after resurrection that Jesus was ‘God’. Paul became after his conversion the Christ of the pagans. The psalmist today sings this glory in joy.
As a good servant faithful to his master who seeks the means to please his lord, who remains faithful, we Christians are invited to seek this divine will in our lives and to remain a faithful servant to our Master’s will. This will, if we apply it in our everyday life, will raise us from where we are, and will make us worthy, a dignity that will make us participate in the divinity of God. If St. Paul tells us that his conscience does not reproach him, it is not that he is just before his conscience or before men, but rather before the One who has called him. He stands right before his Master, the Lord.
Fidelity requires us two imperatives. We must discern and choose our master. In his logic, Jesus assures us that humanly, it is not possible to submit to the authority of two masters in the extremity. Either one accepts the one, and rejects the other, either one attaches to the one and despises to the other.
Second, contrary to our human habits in this precarious life, he asks us not to worry about tomorrow, for He is with us, He loves us and accompanies us. He gives us everything we need. We must know how to live in the present fully, for each day itself weighs us.
Living in the present, we will be aware of all that is going on around us and in us, especially the works of God in this world and the way He accompanies us. In this discovery we will fill our hearts with a feeling of thankfulness and gratitude. This is the visible sign of the Kingdom of God and Jesus invites us to seek it. In this Kingdom we must live worthily as heirs, not as slaves. Let us ask Him for the grace of discernment and wisdom that will help us first to seek this Kingdom of God and His righteousness.
Daily Quote from the early church fathers:
The value of life, by John Chrysostom, 547-407 A.D.
"Note the acceleration of images: just when the lilies are decked out, he no longer calls them lilies but 'grass of the field' (Matthew 6:30 ). He then points further to their vulnerable condition by saying 'which are here today.' Then he does not merely say 'and not tomorrow' but rather more callously 'cast into the oven.' These creatures are not merely 'clothed but 'so clothed' in this way as to be later brought to nothing. Do you see how Jesus everywhere abounds in amplifications and intensifications? And he does so in order to press his points home. So then he adds, 'Will he not much more clothe you?' The force of the emphasis is on 'you' to indicate covertly how great is the value set upon your personal existence and the concern God shows for you in particular. It is as though he were saying, 'You, to whom he gave a soul, for whom he fashioned a body, for whose sake he made everything in creation, for whose sake he sent prophets, and gave the law, and wrought those innumerable good works, and for whose sake he gave up his only begotten Son.'" (excerpt from THE GOSPEL OF MATTHEW, HOMILY 22.1)