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Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time

March 2, 2014

LOVE COMES FIRST

Our Gospel today is a continuation of what we have been hearing for the past few weeks:  Jesus’ magnificent sermon from the mount.   Today’s Gospel contains so many memorable one-liners:  “You cannot serve God and Mammon”; “Seek ye first the kingdom of God and the rest will be given”; “Do not worry about tomorrow for tomorrow will take care of itself”

And at a certain point, I think we all hear this and say:  easier said than done.  Such words make for great poetry, but life is so much more complicated.  It is hard not to notice how Jesus seems to treat life as a series of black and white decisions, when our reality seems to be a series of grey-tones.

But to be clear, Jesus isn’t stating that we are to be concerned with the Kingdom of God at the expense of everything else; rather Jesus is stating that we should put God first and trust that everything else will follow.

CLICK HERE for the readings of the Eighth Sunday of Ordinary Time (Isaiah 49:14-15; Psalm 62; 1 Corinthians 4:1-5; Matthew 6:24-34).

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