This is our last Sunday in Ordinary Time before Ash Wednesday.
The Readings are preparing us to enter into the spirit of poverty during those 40 days of Lent. God demands from us a total trust in His infinite love and in His Providence. Four times in today’s Gospel, Jesus tells us not to worry since the heavenly Father knows what we need.
Why do so many of us live with all kinds of anxieties and fears? What is our fundamental problem? Could it be that we live with too much focus on ourselves and on the search for money as an end rather than as a means to an end?
“Jesus said to his disciples: ‘No one can be the slave of two masters: he will either hate the first and love the second, or treat the first with respect and the second with scorn. You cannot be the slave both of God and of money
‘That is why I am telling you not to worry about your life and what you are to eat, nor about your body and how you are to clothe it.(Mt 6,24…)
We can understand how difficult it is for the families that lost their homes in the recent fires in the Port Hills to be at peace and not to worry about their future. We know that in similar circumstances it is by turning to Our Lord in prayer that we receive strength and peace. We can pray to him that they will be strengthened.
So, as Ash Wednesday is just round the corner, let us receive some enlightenment from Pope Francis in his message for Lent:
“Lent is a favourable season for opening the doors to all those in need and
recognizing in them the face of Christ.”
The Apostle Paul tells us that “the love of money is the root of all evils”
(1 Tim 6:10). It is the main cause of corruption and a source of envy, strife and
suspicion. Money can come to dominate us, even to the point of becoming a
tyrannical idol (cf. Evangelii Gaudium, 55). Instead of being an instrument at our
service for doing good and showing solidarity towards others, money can chain us and the entire world to a selfish logic that leaves no room for love and hinders peace.
For those corrupted by love of riches, nothing exists beyond their own ego. Those around them do not come into their line of sight. The result of attachment to money is a sort of blindness. The rich man does not see the poor man who is starving, hurting, lying at his door.”