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.
New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved (http://www.usccb.org/bible/approved-translations/ ).
Much has been written about the desire for greater community and the search for achieving this goal, but it has been my experience that nothing builds community better than a group of college students trying to buy toilet paper in a foreign country. Common experiences shape and create community and the experience of traveling in a foreign country together frequently creates friendships which last a lifetime.
I have found from my experiences of taking people to Rome that this sense of community is frequently extended to all visitors to Rome as they attempt to navigate that which is unfamiliar (the language), things that are difficult (crossing the street) or confusing ( do you eat all the squid or just the tails). Community enables us to not only to survive but to thrive. Therefore is should be no surprise that the Blessed Trinity is a community and that we are called to be a community in the Church of Christ and share in that Trinity’s life and blessings. Visitors to Rome, especially at those moments of prayer in St. Peter’s are struck by a type community and commonality which provides just a foretaste of that eternal community of which we are all called to participate.
The recent feast of the Immaculate Heart of Mary recalls how Mary’s yes at the Annunciation served as a model for our response to join in the eternal life and love of the Trinity. Her submission of her own will for that of God’s serves as a model for we can best create a community among all humanity.
—Fr. Michael W. Maher, S.J.
Lord, you tell us not to focus on the worries of tomorrow. Could it be that by sacrificing the moments of the day by contemplating the “what if” questions of tomorrow, we miss you in the NOW moments? Lord, we desire to stay in the present so we can rejoice in your presence. We ask for your divine guidance to help us plan for the future but to be fully aware of the seconds.
—The Jesuit Prayer Team