8th Sunday in Ordinary Time - 26th February, 2017
Have you felt that it is definitely time for ‘down sizing’? Things are mounting up and it is all too much! Our lives are surrounded by paper and packaging and by material goods which we keep thinking may come in handy sometime in the future. Advertising assures us that this or that product will add to our happiness, or make us more beautiful, or that more money will buy the things that will make life easier and solve all the problems. We are warned not to become slaves to all these things. We use them in moderation and with care.
We worry about many things and often things we can do nothing about. The daily news is enough to send one into a spin! Details of war, oppression, and natural tragedies fill our television screens. How are we to cope with all of this? Jesus give us an answer in the Gospel reading for today. He, himself, cares for the birds or the air and the flowers and grass in the fields, so how much more care will He give to us?
The message in this passage is easy to interpret. It is a message of hope. Our heavenly Father knows our needs and will supply them in His own way and in His own time. We have set our hearts on the kingdom first of all and all our real needs will be given to us.
The reading from the letter to the Corinthians reminds us to make ourselves worthy of the trust that Christ places in us. Then the gospel moves to a promise: we will be given all that we deserve in due time.
Pamela Davis OP