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.”
We are the beloved of the Father, very precious to Him, for He sent His only Son to save us. This is the basis of our reasoning. God knows that life today is not easy, and we have so many legitimate and just questions, which have no answer. The poor live their lives in the misery of their material needs, and the rich have enormous wealth yet lack love in truth.
With this observation, I invite you to pay attention to this teaching of Jesus, in all its depth. In His wisdom, He invites us to cling to His Father, like a branch that clings to the vine, the source of our existence. The moment we recognise the Father as our source of existence, and the relationship that God wishes to establish with us, the discernment between money and faith will be easy. Then we will be faced with the truth, and this truth will save us.
Action of the Day: Be simple.
“Seek first the Kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be given you besides”
Fr. Jacques PHILIPPE
(Cordes sur Ciel, France)
Today, the Gospel clearly speaks of living the "present moment": not to keep thinking about yesterday, but abandon yourself to God and His mercy. Not to torture yourself about tomorrow, but to entrust it all to His Providence. Saint Therese of the Child Jesus said: “the spirit of self-abandonment is my sole guide – I have no other compass!”
Preoccupation has never solved any problem. What solves problems is confidence, faith. Jesus says “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?” (Mt 6:30).
Life per-se is not too problematic; it is man who lacks in faith... Existence is not always easy, it can be stressful at times; we frequently feel injured and shocked by what happens in our life or in that of others. But let us face it with faith and let us try to live, day by day, by trusting God will fulfill His promises. Faith will lead us to salvation.
“Do not worry about tomorrow; tomorrow will take care of itself. Sufficient for a day is its own evil.” (Mt 6:34). What does that mean? Today, try to live fair life, according to the logic of the Kingdom, with trust, simplicity and abandonment, seeking God. And God will take care of everything else...
Live day by day, it is very important. What wears us down so often are all those comebacks to the past and our fear of the future; whereas, when we just live in the present moment, we mysteriously find the strength. What I have to live today, I have God’s grace to live it. If tomorrow I must deal with more difficult situations, God will increase His grace. God's grace is given at the moment, day by day. Living the present moment means to accept weaknesses: to renounce redoing the past or dominating the future, being happy with the present.