Reflection on Scripture Eighth Sunday of the Year Gospel A

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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.
            Jesus warns that earthly possessions can threaten an undivided love for God.

Jesus has to be the Lord of our lives or else something or someone else will be the master. A convicted disciple cannot have a divided heart.

"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?

Jesus is talking about the worry that leads to a divided loyalty and ultimately to an exclusive concentration on possessions

Jesus teaches that as God cares for the lesser things in our life, such as food and clothing or the birds of the sky, he cares more for our greater need, relationship with him. God supplies our physical needs to signify his greater concern for our spiritual needs.

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?

As his care for the lilies and the grass is outmatched by his provision of clothing for us, so the garments we receive prefigure God’s desire to clothe us with glory and immortality in heaven.

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."

It is not the use of the necessities of life that is discouraged, but the accumulation of goods.

Striving for holiness must be a priority in our lives. This is not an excuse for laziness in practical matters, which we must attend to, but a call to trust in the Father’s care for us.

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