Gospel Reflection for the Eight Sunday Ordinary Time Year A – March 2nd 2014
Full scripture for this Sunday is available on the Catholic Ireland website. Daily Scripture is also available. Our parish Prayers of the Faithful for this Sunday are made available on the Dublin Diocesan website.
Jesus said to his disciples: ‘No one can be the slave of two masters: he will either hate the first and love the second, or treat the first with respect and the second with scorn. You cannot be the slave both of God and of money.
‘That is why I am telling you not to worry about your life and what you are to eat, nor about your body and how you are to clothe it. Surely life means more than food, and the body more than clothing! Look at the birds in the sky. They do not sow or reap or gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are we not worth much more than they are? Can any of you, for all his worrying, add one single cubit to his span of life? And why worry about clothing? Think of the flowers growing in the fields; they never have to work or spin; yet I assure you that not even Solomon in all his regalia was robed like one of these. Now if that is how God clothes the grass in the field which is there today and thrown into the furnace tomorrow, will he not much more look after you, you men of little faith? So do not worry; do not say, “What are we to eat? What are we to drink? How are we to be clothed?” It is the pagans who set their hearts on all these things. Your heavenly Father knows you need them all. Set your hearts on his kingdom first, and on his righteousness, and all these other things will be given you as well. So do not worry about tomorrow: tomorrow will take care of itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.
One of Jesus’ best homilies. Look around and notice that God is near. Live in the present, mindful of the NOW.
Getting By on Less
Jesus admits we have worries. We know that some worries are silly, about weather and what people think of us. Others are huge. People have huge fears about the future at the moment. The advice of Jesus is to be concerned, to help each other, but not to allow them take over. He has some examples like fashions and clothing, food and drink… he is hinting we can get by on a lot less that we thought.
Trying as well to balance the money tensions – first sentence was about money. How we can spend on a wedding – he might say – don’t worry about your wedding day – set your hearts on love and all else will be given you. We are right to be concerned for the future but need also to live a day at a time.
The Grateful Heart
Being grateful for what we have can help develop this attitude. Give a prayer of thanks for the ordinary and extraordinary in our lives each day.
Why? The first reading… God does not forget us, like mothers never forget their children. Letting in the love of God can affect us deeply day to day.
We have images for it… carved on the hand, branded on the forehead, names written in a book of life, and our names are ‘tattooed’ with love in the heart of Jesus.
Donal Neary SJ