JUNE 19. Ord Time B. Wk.11. Sat. Mt. 6. 24- 34
Updated: Sep 10
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 you 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.’
Many of Christ’s teachings involve basic issues that young children easily understand, and yet they are teachings that need to be articulated due to a tendency of mankind to ignore them.
We are being told an obvious truth that we cannot serve two masters, or follow two sets of rules; - but despite this truth many try to do exactly that; - to follow Christ and the world?
This is a prevailing attitude that is far more prevalent than we want to admit, and it is a major reason for the state of the Church today, where less and less people live their faith, or believe in its teachings; - facts clearly beyond dispute; - with Church attendance falling each year, and seventy per cent of people not believing in the real presence of the Eucharist.
Where this inevitably leads is the abandonment of Faith, belief in God, and Gospel teachings; - but in today’s reading Christ is addressing this issue; - by telling us to observe nature!
God, in his wisdom, decreed that evidence of his existence, can be seen in “the things he has made”, and no matter what views are held by the world, or unbelievers, it is impossible not to see this each and every day in the natural world.
“Look at the birds in the sky. They do not sow or reap or gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not worth much more than they are? Can any of you, for all his worrying, add one single cubit to his span of life?”
The simplicity and clarity of what Christ is saying is obvious, in that nature bears witness to God’s existence. What follows from this is his teachings must be believed and obeyed; - which is why Christ refers to two “masters”; - and points out it is simply not possible to serve both!
Despite the divine Wisdom being displayed in today’s teaching, how many of us can profess we are not influenced by the values of the world; - or that we do not find ourselves serving this “master” on a fairly regular basis; - even though we know which one we should be serving?
“I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life; - he who follows me will have the light of life!”
Gospel Acclamation 2Cor8:9
Jesus Christ was rich but he became poor
to make you rich out of his poverty.
First reading 2 Corinthians 12:1-10 · 'My power is at its best in weakness'
Must I go on boasting, though there is nothing to be gained by it? But I will move on to the visions and revelations I have had from the Lord. I know a man in Christ who, fourteen years ago, was caught up – whether still in the body or out of the body, I do not know; God knows – right into the third heaven. I do know, however, that this same person – whether in the body or out of the body, I do not know; God knows – was caught up into paradise and heard things which must not and cannot be put into human language. I will boast about a man like that, but not about anything of my own except my weaknesses. If I should decide to boast, I should not be made to look foolish, because I should only be speaking the truth; but I am not going to, in case anyone should begin to think I am better than he can actually see and hear me to be.
In view of the extraordinary nature of these revelations, to stop me from getting too proud I was given a thorn in the flesh, an angel of Satan to beat me and stop me from getting too proud! About this thing, I have pleaded with the Lord three times for it to leave me, but he has said, ‘My grace is enough for you: my power is at its best in weakness.’ So I shall be very happy to make my weaknesses my special boast so that the power of Christ may stay over me, and that is why I am quite content with my weaknesses, and with insults, hardships, persecutions, and the agonies I go through for Christ’s sake. For it is when I am weak that I am strong.