Gospel Reflection Feb 26 – Msgr. Hendricks

By February 24, 2017Gospel Reflections
Sunday, February 26
Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Matthew 6: 24 – 34
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.”

Jesus in the gospel of Matthew today encourages us to be free of worry and to concentrate on the matters of today.
Worry is one of the most debilitating afflictions that holds us back from freedom and joy.

If we take a moment today to reflect on what is bothering us and what we worry about most, we will discover that often our worry can do little to change the course of our lives or the lives of those around us.

The reality is, that no matter how much we tell ourselves not to worry, we do worry.

The remedy of the gospel and the words of Jesus today encourages us to put our faith in Him and give or hearts to Him and be free from what holds us back from true love and joy.

A good thought is in today’s gospel for us. Worry gets us nowhere. Faith brings us home and home with peace.

Monsignor Hendricks