priorities right. Usually priorities are set based either on ‘immediate satisfaction’ or on ‘ultimate fulfilment’. Those who set their priority based on ‘immediate satisfaction’ are many. Jesus warns them against this tendency saying that life is more important than perishable things (food and clothing). On the contrary, Jesus exhorts all today to set their priorities based on ultimate fulfilment realized through recognizing our dependence on God and by dedicating ourselves to fulfil God’s plan for us. St Paul, as portrayed in the second reading, reveals himself as one who fulfils God’s plan for him.
Love and providence of God
The theme that is recurrent in the Word proclaimed today is that of Divine love and providence. The first reading compares the love of a mother and love of God. The love of a mother for her child is unparalleled; a mother cannot stop loving her child even though the child is gone astray and is a nuisance in the family and in society. Even if a mother forgets her child, God will never forget his children. God’s love for humanity is unconditional, incomparable and unsurpassed.
God, in his great love, provides us, protects us and guides us. God’s protection extends to all creation: birds in the sky, the flowers in the fields, etc. If God takes care of them, how much more will he protect, provide and guide us whom he created as ‘crown’ of creation? Hence, let us remind ourselves of God’s providence, and then surrender ourselves to him so that without worries we will set our hearts on the Kingdom of God.