“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.
Today’s gospel might well have been written for us living in 2016. The daily media bombard us with the latest fashions and fads, hot restaurants and spas, places to visit and people to meet. In today’s passage from the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus invites us to a simpler view about all the “things” in our lives. He invites us into relationship—to come and see what his values are all about; to strengthen our faith through a deeper relationship with him. Jesus opens the door wide to a life of trust and hope.
How would my life be different if I took seriously this invitation to live the values Jesus holds dear? What would it mean for me to live more simply, handing over my time and talents to the Lord through my service of others…especially those most in need? How does Jesus want to open the door of my heart this summer of 2016?
—The Jesuit Prayer Team
Lord, grant that I may see you more clearly,
Love you more dearly,
Follow you more nearly.
—Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius Loyola, #104