Vol: 44, No.15 8TH SUNDAY OF THE YEAR ( A) February 26 2017  
 
LITURGY AND LIFE

Choice

“No one can serve two masters” (Mt 6:24). The two masters presented in the Gospel today are God and money. The world today is becoming more and more irreligious devoid of God. The values that various religions promote are considered impractical by many people today. On the other hand, in today’s world, money is terribly inducing because it can buy pleasure, prestige and possession; money is considered to be power because it can easily free a culprit and can punish an innocent person; it can make the truth appear false and what is false can be made to appear as the truth.
The Gospel reading of today invites us to make a choice between God and money, between good and evil, between truth and falsehood, between life and death. In fact, each new day invites us to make a choice; every opportunity and every challenge that we experience confronts us with a choice. We have the freedom of choice, not freedom from choice. Our choice determines whether we will be happy or unhappy in life. Hence choose the one who leads us to life – God. Having made the primary choice for God, on a daily basis, choose to love rather than hate; choose to build rather than destroy; choose to smile rather than frown; choose to heal rather than hurt; choose to give rather than grasp; choose to praise rather than gossip. Do it here and now because the place to be happy is here and the time to be happy is now.

Setting priorities

The second theme that is presented through the Word of God is to set our

 

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.

– Fr (Dr) Devasia Joseph, SSP

February / March 2017 READINGS OF THE WEEK Psalter Week 4
27 Mon (G) Sir 17:20-24/ Ps 32:1-2, 5-7/ Mk 10:17-27
28 Tue (G) Sir 35:1-12/ Ps 50:5-8, 14, 23/ Mk 10:28-31
01 Wed (V) Ash Wednesday (Day of Fast and Abstinence) (Leaflet provided)
Joel 2:12-18/ Ps 51:3-6, 12-14, 17/ 2 Cor 5:20–6:2/ Mt 6:1-6, 16-18
02 Thu (V) Deut 30:15-20/ Ps 1:1-4, 6/ Lk 9:22-25
03 Fri (V) St Katharine Drexel Isa 58:1-9/ Ps 51:3-6, 18-19/ Mt 9:14-15
04 Sat (V) St Casimir Isa 58:9b-14/ Ps 86:1-6/ Lk 5:27-32
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