Man's ultimate goal is God; to attain this goal he should commit himself entirely. But in fact some people do not have God as their ultimate goal, and instead choose wealth of some kind in which case wealth becomes their god. Man cannot have two absolute and contrary goals. In this beautiful passage Jesus shows us the value of the ordinary things of life, and teaches us to put our trust in God's fatherly providence. Using simple examples and comparisons taken from everyday life, He teaches us to abandon ourselves into the arms of God. The word "span" could be translated as "stature", but "span" is closer to the original A "cubit" is a measure of length which can metaphorically refer to time. >:CJA:<
Matthew 6:24-34 February 28, 2011
Matthew 6: 24-34
No one can be a servant of two masters. This opening line helps us understand what follows, that Jesus wants us to be free, not of concerns but of all worries, in order to serve God.
Scripture had already taught that we must choose between God and false gods. Jesus affirms that money is a false god, because it offers happiness and security for the future, but robs us of our only riches, that is, the present time. Caught up in making money, we are unable to live truly and freely. We neglect our personal growth and family life, keep silent before evil and lie. We ignore our neighbor and grovel before the powerful.
We need not to be worried just because we do not have money or because we are having a hard time or because our work is being delayed. We are ashamed at meeting simple persons who share little they possess with others poorer than they, without feeling sad or thinking they have done something great. Liberation is the work of God throughout history, and we, we shall have enough faith to free ourselves from so many worries.
The comparison with the flowers and the birds does not mean that we can fold our arms and be idle, because when God gave us arms and brains, it was for us to use them. Rather Jesus teaches that, if God takes care of and beautifies the smallest of creatures, how much more will he care for us that our lives may be beautiful and perfect. We humans, must not complain because we are now very privilege than the rest of animals in the world.
(Steffany Ann Caiban)
The gospel today talks about putting our faith in God and giving our trust in Him. In the first part of the gospel, it says that no one can be a slave of two masters, one must choose between God and money. Mostly today, people would want to become slaves of money rather than being a slave of God. And so in today’s gospel, God wants us to see that being a slave to Him is much more important than money. God assures us that when we put our faith in Him, we need not to worry about anything for He will take care of everything. He will keep us safe and He will always protect us.
There are times in our life wherein we question the presence of God. When things aren’t working out as how we want it to be, we question God. We ask Him why He didn’t give it to us, why He did that. But we as people shouldn’t give up on God. Let us remember that God is always by our side and He will never leave us alone. God knows what is right for us. He is the only one who can decide with what is best for us. Therefore, we can’t question Him because He is the one who is planning our life. Therefore, we don’t need to worry for God knows what is best for us. As what the bible said, do not worry about tomorrow for tomorrow will take care of itself. All we have to do is to trust in God and never give up on our faith in Him because in the end, we will all realize that we are in good hands.
The Master [Matthew 6:24-34] February 27, 2011
The gospel today tells us that one cannot serve two masters. That is just not possible. That is true for when both masters tell you to do something at the same time, you will have to choose who to follow first. Who will you follow? Which of the two masters is more important to you? They cannot be equally important because you have one mind and one body. You cannot be in two places at once. Try to serve two masters at once and you cannot follow them fully. You can only half follow each. You are only one individual and you can only serve one master. That is how it is.
Matthew is telling us further to serve only one master. We should not to worry and waste so much time in finding our basic needs: food, clothing and shelter. In the gospel we are compared to birds, which do not worry too much about food and yet they have food everyday. Do not worry about what will happen tomorrow. All those things won’t matter if you are not alive. God can rid you of all those problems. He can provide us all with everlasting life. He can also provide us with everything that we need to attain that wondrous life in an instant. With that in mind, the gospel is telling us to prioritize and seek out the most important being in our lives. Follow our one Master. The Master is God. Find Him. Follow Him alone and you will have everything.
[Shasta Grace D. Tiro]
The gospel today talks about serving one god and the material things that man focuses upon, neglecting their spiritual fulfillment and needs.
“Man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.” Matthew 4:4
But serving one God is pretty difficult for a lot of us men today. People are so engrossed in trying to get a better-paying job, to earn more money that they already do, to get the things that they have always wanted, to try to look beautiful and to be praised. And the only way to get these things is money, lots and lots of money. Having the goal of getting more money to get material things is adoring it unconsciously. If you eat 3 meals a day, and you want to have the things that other people do, and you keep on trying to be promoted into a higher position in your work, that is adoring money.
You should be contented with whatever you have; God will give you what you deserve at the right time.
God works in mysterious and loving ways; so do not keep on asking and asking for things, you have to work hard for them. And if you do not get what you want, God will give it to you when it is time. God provides what you need, not what you want.
Always put God at the top of your list, whatever this list may be. He should be your priority. Just today, I was not able to attend mass because I was still with my classmates, and I feel really, really bad.
There is a time for everything, so be patient, and stay faithful to God.
-Armin D. Narciso Jr.
The world is full of hectic things that make us worry every now and then and make us toss and turn in our beds at night. Especially for us, now that we’re seniors; there are so many requirements to accomplish, so many things you still want to happen before we leave the ever exciting (yet also chaotic) days of high school. You feel that your days are numbered and that make you uneasy, thinking that you won’t be able to do so many things in time. But that’s just for the long run; there are also the daily worries –like what to wear tomorrow, maybe you should buy earrings that would match that blouse, maybe a new phone before college! So many things to worry about, so little time!
Well, all those worrying won’t do you any good. God doesn’t want us to panic ourselves with these matters. He wants us to relax and take one day at a time –slow and easy. He doesn’t want us to be bothered with so many unnecessary things. He wants us to focus our mind sets to Him and nothing else. Instead of worrying our pants off, we should be with God, talk to him, relax. It is because he said that if you seek the kingdom of God first, he works for you and provides you with all your need. God has a plan for each and every one of us, he would lead us astray in our lives.
so just remember that happy-go-lucky song: Hakuna Matata! What a wonderful phrase. Hakuna Matata! Ain’t no passing craze. It means no worries for the rest of your days, It’s our problem-free philosophy. Hakuna Matata!
Denise Jan F. Valerio
The gospel for this day is reminding us that although we are getting older as every year passes by it does not mean that the way we think should change and grow older as well. When we were younger, we used to think that everything was fine as long as our parents were there to feed us, buy us clothes and of course send us to school. When we were kids we had nothing to worry about at all because our parents and our guardians would do everything for us but as we would get older; the problems, stress and sleepless nights would start to come more frequently. This situation bothers me a lot. I know that this may all be a result of curiosity and perseverance since we tend to become more independent in making our own decisions in life as we get older but even if we get curious don’t we get enough information to feed our curiosity as well? This just proves that man is never really contented with what he has. We can be contented and happy about a certain achievement we made but this doesn’t always last. This is why we should remind ourselves to think like the little ones and keep in our minds the thought that everything will be fine. It’s pretty much like what they kept on repeating again and again in the movie the 3 idiots, “Aal is well!!!” All will be well as long as we trust the Lord and as long as we are happy and contented with whatever we have.
-Francesca May T. Guico