February 27, 2011
Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Isaiah 49: 14-15
First Corinthians 4: 1-5
Matthew 6: 24-34
Both the First Reading from Isaiah (49: 14-15) and the Gospel of Saint Matthew (6: 24-34) have as their theme: The Providence of God.
The Compendium of the Catechism tells us that:
55. What is divine providence?
Divine Providence consists in the dispositions with which God leads his creatures toward their ultimate end. God is the sovereign Master of his own plan. To carry it out, however, he also makes use of the cooperation of his creatures. For God grants his creatures the dignity of acting on their own and of being causes for each other. (Q. 55)
Isaiah reminds us, “Can a mother forget her infant, be without tenderness for the child of her womb? Even should she forget, I will never forget you.” (Isaiah 49: 154-15).
And in the Gospel of Saint Matthew, we read:
“…do not worry about your life…
…life is more than food and clothing…
…can you add to your life-span by worrying?
…(Matthew 6: 24-34)
These words of God round in the Scripture Lessons for this Sunday Mass must not be misunderstood nor must they be misinterpreted.
God is not telling us that we are permitted to be apathetic and indifferent to daily life. God is not telling us that we are not required to work and support our family and ourselves.
Rather, the Lord is telling us to avoid a state of anxious worry and anxiety about daily life and its accompanying responsibilities and obligations.
Some among us have become surely, cynical and jaded because of circumstances. Some complain continually about their state in life as if they alone were suffering. This and similar attitudes create a moral darkness for the person who complains and affects those around him.
The result is a leader-pessimism which reflects a lack of hope and trust in God.
At Mass today, let us ask the Lord to strengthen our Faith in Him and to strengthen our Hope in Him, believing that Christ remains with us always.