Saturday, March 1, 2014

What matters most

MY SUNDAY REFLECTION: March 2, 2014, 8th Sunday in Ordinary Time

“What matters most; A Reflection on Matthew 6:24-34”
By Herbert B. Rosana, Ph.D.

There are so many things that bother the human mind.  Sometimes in an effort to put a semblance of order we prioritized our activities.  But we have asked ourselves what it is that really matters most?  Sometimes, the way we worry about things is almost pagan-like?  Why do I say pagan-like? Because Christ referred to this kind of worrying as pagan-like!  Many people worry about what to eat, what to drink, and what clothes they are to wear.  Sometimes, people worry about the future.   I think that these questions are more challenging today especially that many countries are undergoing economic recession.  It seems that the more we hold on to our material possessions the more that chances of keeping them are slipping away.  But have we really thought of what is the most important in life?  People worry about clothes – But the body is more important than clothes.  People worry about food – but life is more than food. 

God Almighty of course does not want His children to be destitute.  Christ said: “Your heavenly Father knows that you need them all, but seek first the kingdom of God and all His righteousness and all these things shall be given you besides.” When we seek the Kingdom of God and do His righteousness we can be assured that God will provide everything we need.  But the question is who has the faith to believe?

For indeed no one can serve two masters.  We cannot serve God and money at the same time.  For we would either love the one and hate the other.  Thus, just as God hated idolatry, because idolatry takes away our love for God for the love of the creature, so God hates those who profess to love Him but their priorities are earthly.  This situation does not make a distinction between the rich and the poor.  Even the poorest human being on earth can be as covetous and greedy as they could.  It is also possible that the richest human being on earth can be the most generous and self-giving.

For indeed, it is not the outward situation in life that paints our character, but it is our hearts and our attitudes.  Christ said it is not what we put into our mouths that make us unclean, but what comes our mouth.  In our Christian life what matters most is how we prioritize the kingdom of God.  As we value the pearl of great price.  We are willing to give up everything just to possess that value of great price.  The more that the meaning of this gospel sinks into our minds, the more that the Lord’s Prayer becomes more meaningful.  In my Christian life, I could say that when I was immature, I thought that I have to pray with lots of words.  But when I came to realize the truth of this gospel, I also realize that the Lord’s Prayer summarizes everything.

A blessed Sunday to all of us.