EIGHTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

February 26, 2017

Isaiah 49:14-15

 

But Zion said, “The Lord has forsaken me,
    

my Lord has forgotten me.”

Can a woman forget her nursing child,
    

or show no compassion for the child of her womb?


Even these may forget,
    

yet I will not forget you.

 

Psalm 62:1-2, 5-8

 

For God alone my soul waits in silence;
    

from him comes my salvation.

He alone is my rock and my salvation,
    

my fortress; I shall never be shaken.

For God alone my soul waits in silence,
    

for my hope is from him.

He alone is my rock and my salvation,
    

my fortress; I shall not be shaken.

On God rests my deliverance and my honor;
    

my mighty rock, my refuge is in God.

Trust in him at all times, O people;
    

pour out your heart before him;


God is a refuge for us.

 

1 Corinthians 4:1-5

 

Think of us in this way, as servants of Christ and stewards of God’s mysteries. Moreover, it is required of stewards that they be found trustworthy. But with me it is a very small thing that I should be judged by you or by any human court. I do not even judge myself. I am not aware of anything against myself, but I am not thereby acquitted. It is the Lord who judges me. Therefore do not pronounce judgment before the time, before the Lord comes, who will bring to light the things now hidden in darkness and will disclose the purposes of the heart. Then each one will receive commendation from God.

 

Matthew 6:24-34

 

“No one can serve two masters; for a slave will either hate the one and love the other, or be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and wealth.

“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will 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 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? And can any of you by worrying add a single hour to your span of life? And why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not clothed like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What will we eat?’ or ‘What will we drink?’ or ‘What will we wear?’ For it is the Gentiles who strive for all these things; and indeed your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But strive first for the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.

“So do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring worries of its own. Today’s trouble is enough for today.

(NSRVCE)


Meditation

 

Is there anyone who does not have enough trouble today? God speaks to us soothingly and gently rebukes us for worrying. Is He not trustworthy?

 

Perhaps we all have had the opportunity to try to convince someone we loved that we were trustworthy. “Trust me!” sometimes is all we can say. If it is in our power, and we know that it can be, we will not let the person down. “I have your back!” we promise. God wants us to have our minds on Him to the same degree that we can ask Him to have our backs and go ahead and trust Him.

When we read the part about serving wealth, we often think about the greedy who have an idol of money are who prefer to lay up the earthly treasure rather than the heavenly treasure. But sometimes, we can serve wealth just by letting it worry us and keep us from relaxing and letting God handle it. As St. Paul writes, God wants us to be His stewards as well as servants. He can only trust us to do that if we are listening to Him and not just saving or hoarding. If we are to please God, we have to find room for faith in Him for how to live our lives.

 

Prayer: Heavenly Father, I ask your forgiveness for all the times I fretted and worried about things even though I prayed to you to handle it. I surrender to you my money, my future, and my plans and ask only that You guide me by Your Holy Spirit to be your servant and steward. May I look to You in trust and faith so that I may imitate you as a trustworthy disciple. Amen. 

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