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Do not be anxious about your life

1 John 3:18: Dear children, let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth.
  Let us Pray ...
Heavenly Father, we confess to you that at times we are selfish. Other times our intentions are good but our follow through and faithfulness are lacking. Use your Spirit to empower and enable us to be what we hope to become to your glory. May your love be seen in our actions of genuine concern today. We pray this in Infant Jesus name. Amen.
  Today's Readings ... (February 27, 2011)
Sunday of the Eighth Week in Ordinary Time
First Reading:  Is 49:14-15
Responsorial Psalm:  Psalm 62:2-3,6-7,8-9
Second Reading:  1 Cor 4:1-5
Gospel:  Matthew 6:24-34
  Meditation on Today's Gospel: (Matthew 6:24-34)
What does the phrase “serving two masters” and “being anxious” have in general? They both have the same root difficulty – being separated within oneself. The root word for “anxiety” exactly means “being of two minds.” Money first and foremost is a means of exchange by which we can gives for the needs of our life, whatever those needs are at whichever given time. The difficulty begins when money and the chase of money becomes an end in itself, "I want to live as rich." Which soon becomes "I have to be always rich". And, when I am rich, when I have plenty of things, I will go to any extent to hold on to them. It is astonishing how very rich people keep being determined to make more till they have more than they could feasible to spend. The word of the day is strong challenge to the way of life that prevails in most of our cities in the so-called urbanized world and in numerous parts of the developing world too. Jesus puts it very frankly: "You cannot at the same time be the servant of God and money" As such, he does not disapprove of the having of things. What is in query is our approach towards them, our being in slave to them, having our lives possessed by them and, above all, being not capable to share them with those in genuine need. Also in question is the false impression that, if we have money and authority, we have be in charge of of our lives. We are safe. Nothing could be additional from the truth. So eventually Jesus is teaching us that our only real safety is total trust in God’s love for us.
Mangalore, Karnataka


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