Feb 27, 2011 - Sunday Meditation (What Are We Living For?) Where is God in our lives? Jesus insists that we need only to have faith in God and to trust in his Providence . Do we really believe that God cares for us, that he alone can provide for all our needs? Do we believe that he loves us more than a mother loves the infant at her breast? Do we really trust that he is our rock and salvation? SHARE YOUR THOUGHTS! A BLESSED SUNDAY TO YOU BRO/SIS... Isaiah 49:14–15 Psalm 62:2–3, 6–9 1 Corinthians 4:1–5 Matthew 6:24–24 "No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon. 25 "Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you shall eat or what you shall drink, nor about your body, what you shall put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? 26 Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? 27 And which of you by being anxious can add one cubit to his span of life? 28 And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they neither toil nor spin; 29 yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. 30 But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O men of little faith? 31 Therefore do not be anxious, saying, `What shall we eat?' or `What shall we drink?' or `What shall we wear?' 32 For the Gentiles seek all these things; and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. 33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things shall be yours as well. 34 "Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Let the day's own trouble be sufficient for the day. Meditation by Dr Scott Hann Do Not Be Anxious We are by nature prone to be anxious and troubled about many things. In Sunday’s Gospel, Jesus confronts us with our most common fears. We are anxious mostly about how we will meet our material needs—for food and drink; for clothing; for security for tomorrow. Yet in seeking security and comfort, we may unwittingly be handing ourselves over to servitude to “mammon,” Jesus warns. “Mammon” is an Aramaic word that refers to money or possessions. Jesus is not condemning wealth. Nor is he saying that we shouldn’t work to earn our daily bread or to make provisions for our future. It is a question of priorities and goals. What are we living for? Where is God in our lives? Jesus insists that we need only to have faith in God and to trust in his Providence . The readings this Sunday pose a challenge to us. Do we really believe that God cares for us, that he alone can provide for all our needs? Do we believe that he loves us more than a mother loves the infant at her breast, as God himself promises in this week’s beautiful First Reading? Do we really trust that he is our rock and salvation, as we sing in the Psalm? Jesus calls us to an intense realism about our lives. For all our worrying, none of us change the span of our days. None of us has anything that we have not received as a gift from God (see 1 Cor. 4:7). St. Paul reminds us in the Epistle that when the Lord comes he will disclose the purposes of every heart. We cannot serve both God and mammon. We must choose one or the other. Our faith cannot be partial. We must put our confidence in him and not be shaken by anxiety. Let us resolve today to seek his Kingdom and his holiness before all else—confident that we are beloved sons and daughters, and that our Father in heaven will never forsake us. Supplementary Reading Breaking the power of sin But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved—and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus. - Ephesians 2:4-6 You probably remember the anti-drug campaign from the 80s called Just Say No. I remember you could find T-shirts, stickers, and pens everywhere with those three famous words. And I really appreciated the effort that was put into that campaign to keep kids off of drugs. But I remember that campaign had one fatal flaw: People will never just say “no” without saying “yes” to Jesus Christ. Sure, there are people who quit drugs from every religion and worldview. But behavior modification is not the same thing as life change! You’ll never see a group of people experience authentic life change apart from a faith relationship with Christ. The reason for this is that the regenerative power of the Holy Spirit is the only thing that can overcome sin. Sure, you can treat the symptoms of the disease, but the sickness will always win unless it is eradicated. You can’t break the addictions and habits of life on your own. But when you come to Jesus Christ, you have a new power and a new life inside of you. So to break the power of sin in your life, don’t trust in the latest self-help craze. Trust in Christ! - Jack Graham CHRIST IS THE ONLY THING THAT CAN PRODUCE REAL LIFE CHANGE. SO TRUST IN HIM TO BEAT THE ADDICTIONS AND HABITS OF LIFE!
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