8th Sunday in Ordinary Time
1 Corinthians 4:1-5
The Gospel this weekend is this:
"No one can serve two masters. He will either hate one and love the other, or be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon.
++25 "Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat (or drink), or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing?
26 Look at the birds in the sky; they do not sow or reap, they gather nothing into barns, yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are not you more important than they?
27 Can any of you by worrying add a single moment to your life-span?
28 Why are you anxious about clothes? Learn from the way the wild flowers grow. They do not work or spin.
29 But I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was clothed like one of them.
30 If God so clothes the grass of the field, which grows today and is thrown into the oven tomorrow, will he not much more provide for you, O you of little faith?
31 So do not worry and say, 'What are we to eat?' or 'What are we to drink?' or 'What are we to wear?'
32 All these things the pagans seek. Your heavenly Father knows that you need them all.
33 But seek first the kingdom (of God) and his
+Righteousness, and all these things will be given you besides.
34 Do not worry about tomorrow; tomorrow will take care of itself. Sufficient for a day is its own evil.
The first reading is this:
1+4 But Zion said, "The LORD has forsaken me;
my Lord has forgotten me."
15 Can a mother forget her infant,
be without tenderness for the child of her womb? Even should she forget,
I will never forget you.
The second reading is this:
1 Cor 4:1-5
Thus should one regard us: as servants of Christ and stewards of the mysteries of God.
2 Now it is of course required of stewards that they be found trustworthy.
3 It does not concern me in the least that I be judged by you or any human tribunal; I do not even pass judgment on myself;
4 I am not conscious of anything against me, but I do not thereby stand acquitted; the one who judges me is the Lord.
5 Therefore, do not make any judgment before the appointed time, until the Lord comes, for he will bring to light what is hidden in darkness and will manifest the motives of our hearts, and then everyone will receive praise from God.
Jesus longs to establish good contact between the human family and our ‘true master’. That brings true peace. The Jews saw God as a chief or leader (calling him 'Adonai' etc.), so the way Jesus called him Father and 'Abba' ('Daddy'), was revolutionary for them.
It's interesting that the Our Father is a series of petitions rather than of straight-forward praise ‘of a master’, but the fact that people ask, is in itself a type of praise for which God longs! Humble asking for things establishes a relationship like that of kids at home with their dad!
Many may think that their life is in their hands, often thinking that nobody else cares - that we appeared by chance. But the truth is that we have nothing that wasn't given to us - starting with life itself. The important question is 'from where did we receive it'? - or from who?' – and what’s the plan of my true master for me now? Our masters are good friends.
8º Domingo: Is 49:14-15. 1º Cor 4:1-5. Mt 6:24-34
Jesús anhela ver un buen contacto entre la familia humana y nuestro ‘maestro auténtico’. Eso trae la paz auténtica.
Los judíos veían a Dios como jefe o líder (llamándole 'Adonai' etc.), entonces la forma en que Jesús le llamó padre y ‘abba’ (‘papa’), era revolucionario para ellos.
Es interesante que el Padre Nuestro es un serie de peticiones y no simplemente una alabanza ‘de un maestro’, pero ¡el hecho de que la gente piden, es en sí mismo un tipo de alabanza que Dios anhela! La petición humilde por las cosas establece una relación como la de niños con su papá en casa.
Puede ser que muchos piensan que sus vidas están en sus propias manos, muchas veces pensando que a nadie más le interesan – que hemos nacido por casualidad. Pero la verdad es que no tenemos nada que no nos ha sido dado – empezando con la vida misma. ¿De dónde lo hemos recibido? – o de quién? – y qué es el plan de mi auténtico maestro para mi ahora? ¡Nuestros maestros son buenos amigos!
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