March 2 - Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time : Do Not be anxious

February 27th, 2014

 First Reading          Is  49:14-15
Psalm                      :  Psalm 62:2-2,6-7,8-9
Second Reading    : 
1 Chor 4:1-5
Gospel                    :  Matthew 6:24-34

 

We are by nature prone to be anxious and troubled about many things. In Sunday’s Gospel, Jesus confronts us with our most common fears. We are anxious mostly about how we will meet our material needs—for food and drink; for clothing; for security for tomorrow. Yet in seeking security and comfort, we may unwittingly be handing ourselves over to servitude to “mammon,” Jesus warns. “Mammon” is an Aramaic word that refers to money or possessions. Jesus is not condemning wealth. Nor is he saying that we shouldn't work to earn our daily bread or to make provisions for our future. It is a question of priorities and goals. What are we living for? Where is God in our lives? Jesus insists that we need only to have faith in God and to trust in his Providence.

February 23 : Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time - Love your enemies

February 20th, 2014

 

 

 
First Reading          :  Leviticus 19:1-2, 9-18
Psalm                      : Psalm 119:33-40
Second Reading     : 1 Corinthians 3:10-11, 16-23

Gospel                    : Matthew 5:38-48

Jesus tells his disciples: “Do not take revenge on someone who wrongs you”. And this is the liturgical theme for today: “love your enemies”. Humanly speaking this is not an easy thing to do but Jesus wants us to aim higher than the tax collectors. We are to imitate God’s perfection. When people hate their enemies and resent them, they end up hurting themselves far more than they hurt their enemies. The person we hate has the power to rob us of our peace of mind and capacity to love. Our hatred is not hurting them at all. It only turns our own days and nights into a hellish turmoil. There is a Chinese Proverb which goes like this: "He who seeks vengeance must dig two graves: one for his enemy and one for himself". It’s the same lesson we find in the Letter to the Romans: “Do not let evil defeat you; instead, conquer evil with good” (Rom 12:21).

February 16 : Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time - check your desires

February 14th, 2014


First Reading         :  Deuteronomy 30:15-20 or Sirach 15:15-20
Psalm                      : Psalm 119:1-8
Second Reading    : 1 Corinthians 3:1-9

Gospel                    : Matthew 5:21-37

Today's Gospel invites us to understand the deeper meaning of religion and the difference between observing the “letter of the law” and “the spirit of the law”. It was Jesus’ teaching that it was not enough not to commit a sinful act (like murder or adultery); the only thing sufficient was never even to wish to commit a sinful act. It means that thoughts are just as important as deeds, and that it is not enough not to commit a sin; the only thing that is enough is not to wish to commit it. By Jesus’ standards a man is not a good man until he never even desires to do a forbidden thing.

February 9 : 5th Sunday in Ordinary Time - Salt & Light

February 5th, 2014

 

First Reading         Isaiah 58:1-9a (9b-12)
Psalm                     : Psalm 112:1-9 (10)
Second Reading   : 1 Corinthians 2:1-12 (13-16)
Gospel                   : Matthew 5:13-20

 

So, when Jesus says to his followers – “You are the salt of the earth”, it simply means that a follower of Jesus must lend flavour to life, bringing joy & gladness, happiness & peace, justice & love, care & concern, hope & consolation, among whom he lives. Just as insipid salt is of no use in flavouring or preserving food, so too the so-called 'disciples' are of no use if they fail to live as Christ teaches. Jesus also says we are the light of the world. By itself light is no good. It is only good when it shows us something other than itself. That is what Christians are called to do - to live lives that show the presence of God in the world. If we do not do this there is darkness and, without doubt, the world is today in deep darkness in many ways. We Christians must ask ourselves if we are giving out light.

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