Saturday, June 18, 2016

Reflection: Matthew 6:24-34

Saturday of the 11th Week in Ordinary Time – Matthew 6:24-34

Matthew’s Gospel today begins with a very strong statement: “No one can serve two masters.” Now, take a moment and calculate how many masters you strive to serve in one day’s time. (Note: a master does not have to be human.) How many masters do you have? Who and what are your masters? It may be helpful to write these down.

A master can be anything or anyone. Today, cell phones seem to be the masters of many people. No matter where they are or whom they are with, their phones are right with them. Many people might even feel lost when they don’t have their phones with them. These days the need to be constantly connected almost seems obsessive. Ask yourself: do you feel lost or naked when you don’t have your cell phone or tablet?

Don’t get me wrong. The reality is that technology is an integral part of most people’s lives in this day and age. Technology is useful in a wide variety of ways; however, is technology ruling our personal, professional, or spiritual lives? Has technology become our god? Have we lost a sense of the sacred in our lives?

Today, Jesus warns his disciples to keep their priorities in order. He doesn’t want them to worry about the little things. Jesus reminds them that life is more than food or shelter. We can have all the money in the world and still not be satisfied. Jesus is reminding his listeners that only God has the ability to give us true and lasting peace and happiness. Yes, there are many gifts in our wonderful world, but without God, there is no meaning! Yet so often, I continue to look for love or satisfaction in all the wrong places. Do you?

Today may we look to God for our peace, our grace and our happiness! Everything else is short-lived!

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