Catholic Mass Readings and Reflection June 22, 2024


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R/. I will keep my faithful love for him always.

V/. Alleluia

R/. Alleluia

V/. Though Jesus Christ was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that you by his poverty might become rich

R/. Alleluia.

At that time: Jesus said to his disciples, “No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money. “Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. 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 which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? And why are you anxious 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 arrayed like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and 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 added to you. “Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.

1.      Double-mindedness is a dominant feature of modern society. In the light of Jesus’ teaching in the gospel, to be double-minded is to “serve two masters”, namely, God and money. Many try to do this; they try to stuff the same plate with both the spiritual and unspiritual and swallow both.

2.      They say that they are prudent, discerning, adjusting, and judicious. But actually, they are only compromising. This is how Joash, the king of Israel acted. In the course of time, he totally forgets how God brought him to the throne, and how He assisted him in his reign. He easily turns to the idols; abandons the house of the Lord; breaks the commandments of the Lord and forsakes Him. He puts to death Zechariah who rebukes him. Finally, he reaps the fruit of his evil by getting killed by his own servants in a conspiracy.

3.      Therefore, what is clear is that God and the world cannot be put on the same level. Priority to God and spiritual concerns can never be compromised by any other interest or pursuit. Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and then all the rest.

4.      We know that living on this earth, certainly there are different needs and difficulties. So, it is natural that every now and then, we become afraid, worried, and anxious. We understand this fact and we accept that no one can be totally free from all worry and anxiety. God also does not expect it. But what He wants us is not to be easily and too worried over even silly or worthless things.

5.      Concerns like food, clothes, and shelter are needs but there is no need to be over-anxious. How do we check this excessive worry? First, deepen our trust in the unfailing providential care of the Lord. He who takes care of even the birds or the flowers will certainly take care of us, who are far more precious. Life is more valuable and important than all the needs and problems.

6.      Secondly, it is no use to worry because it solves nothing and resolves nothing. In Jesus’ own words, “Which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to the span of life?” Thirdly, discern and clarify the scale of priorities. Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness and then all the rest.

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