June 21, 2008
Saint Aloysius Gonzaga
Matthew 6: 24-34
"No one can serve two masters; for a slave will either hate the one and love the other, or be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and wealth. Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will 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 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 can any of you by worrying add a single hour to your span of life? And why do you worry 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 clothed like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you--you of little faith? Therefore do not worry, saying, 'What will we eat?' or 'What will we drink?' or 'What will we wear?' For it is the Gentiles who strive for all these things; and indeed your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But strive first for the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. So do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring worries of its own. Today's trouble is enough for today.”
Introductory Prayer: Lord God, I adore your majesty. Help me in this day to live always close to you. I believe in you because you are truth itself. Help me to believe the things you teach me, hope for the things you promise, and love everyone for your sake. Make me humble, and never let me be separated from you.
Petition: Father, increase my trust in you in my daily life and activities.
1. God or Money. When our life revolves around money or recognition or promotions, these become our masters and we end up “serving them” by giving them the better part of our attention and time. They also control or determine a good part of how we feel and whether we will have a “good” day or a “bad” day. But when God is our master, then his will becomes the tiller of our life, and our happiness depends on his unchanging love.
2. The Father’s Providence. God is our Father, and he loves us tenderly. He knows all of our needs before we even ask him. He wants us to be happy. But he also knows that we can be happy only if our life is centered on him. When we spend so much time worrying about money and food and clothing, we don’t have much time for him. But if we spend more time “worrying” about God and the things he cares about, then he will see to it that we never lack the money, the food, or the clothing we really need.
3. Values Built on Trust. This trust in God has to become real in our daily life. It must affect the way we think and live. It must come to bear on our thoughts and actions. It must influence our values and priorities. Going to the beach can’t have the same value as going to church. Working all those extra hours just to earn some extra money can’t have the same value as spending time with our family. This is how our ideas and ideals become actions in our everyday life.
Conversation with Christ: Lord, help me to see things through your eyes. Teach me your values and priorities. What’s important to you? What do you want me to change in my life so that I can love you more and serve you better?
Resolution: I will place my day in God’s hands, entrusting him with those things which are most worrying me today.
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