20170226 - Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time

posted Feb 23, 2017, 10:19 PM by Domain Admin   [ updated Sep 5, 2017, 10:12 PM ]

Gospel of Matthew 6:24-34

Michelle’s Reflection

The Gospel states that, “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.” Mammon may simply be defined as material wealth or wealth regarded as an evil influence. Today, it is so easy to become attached to material things like our iPhones, laptops, and name brand shoes or clothes. Many people put most of their energy towards keeping up with the latest trends; however, is this what God asks of us? Does He want us to stress out on not having all of the material things we want?

I believe the Gospel asks us to reflect on our wants versus our needs. Most material things are what we want, but do we really need them? Why not seek what our lives need most? Sometimes we need to take a break from the screens and get some fresh air. Sometimes we need to read an amazing story. Sometimes we just need to converse with another person. The Gospel also 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?”

I know God works in curious and sometimes perplexing ways. I also know that a lot of times things happen at the right moment. It is during those moments that God is giving us what we need. Although it may not be the latest iPad or a brand new pair of shoes, He has something better and knows when the time is right to give us what we need. We just need to have faith and trust in Him.

Samantha’s Reflection

There were many different lines and verses that stood out to me in this Gospel reading. The first one was, “Can any of you by worrying add a single moment to your life-span?” I like this line because it's so upfront and straightforward. In other words, worrying won't get you anywhere, so why do it? I think it is human nature for us to worry- we worry if we have a big test coming up, an important meeting or interview, when we're overwhelmed with school and/or work and other activities. We worry about loved ones and friends- whether it’s their physical or mental health, or just their overall well-being. But Jesus basically tells us, why worry, why doubt?

If God takes care of the birds and grasses, Jesus asks, why would he not take care of you, “O you of little faith?” With all the worries that we have going on, I feel like this is God’s way of saying, “Don’t worry about it. I got this.” We may get so caught up in our anxieties that we forget that God has our backs. Jesus goes on to explain why we shouldn’t be anxious.

He says, “Your heavenly Father knows that you need them all.” God knows what we need before we even ask for it, and that we merely need to “seek first the kingdom [of God] and his righteousness.” In other words, do God’s will, follow his commandment to love one another, and everything will fall into place. What we want may not be what God deems us to need. It ties into the first verse of this Gospel, “you cannot serve God and mammon.” The only thing we truly need in this world is God. For me, this Gospel reading reminds me that in my decisions, interactions, problems, hopes, and dreams- in everything- put God first and He will take care of the rest.