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8th Sunday in Ordinary Time

By Fr. Frank X Reitzel, C.R.

Isaiah and Matthew marvellously affirm for us in graphic imagery God’s loving care for each one of us: “I will not forget you.” We are not “forgotten”. This profound image that God reveals through Isaiah – the love between a mother and her child – speaks volumes from our own experience as mothers, and as children. We know we are loved; there is an unconditional bond that exists between mother and child. So it is with God! But God goes one step further to say that even if the mother forgets (an impossibility!), “I will never forget you”. Of course, the frightening aspect of Satan stands in contrast with the gentle, loving Christ who brings peace and quiet and confidence. The Evil One would like to win us over to his side by instilling the fear in us that we are forgotten and unloved. This is his deceptive tool to separate us from God and His grace, by convincing us that we are not good enough. But God continues to say: “I will never forget you.”

The Second Reading, from the First Letter of Saint Paul to the Corinthians (4:1-5), speaks to us of our relationship with Christ. Paul tells us, as he told the Corinthians, that we are “servants of God … stewards of the mysteries of God”. This reality is acquired through God’s grace. To be His servant and steward implies that we acknowledge Him as our LEADER. The image of a “steward” is indeed deeply biblical, and rich in meaning. In the Church today, with the development of the theology of Stewardship, this takes on greater significance. We have been blessed. We have been gifted. God calls us to use well and wisely our time, talents, and treasure in the building up of the Kingdom. Thus with confidence we will be “found trustworthy” through our obedience and discipline. An army requires obedience and discipline. If we recognize Jesus as our Leader, we will be obedient to Him and willing to follow His discipline, in order to be truly His disciples: [discipline and disciple come from the root word in Latin, discipulus.] Our faithful service and stewardship give us the confidence reflected in Paul’s letter, that God is with us. We have nothing to fear.

In our gospel, Matthew (6:24-34), offers several possible themes. Jesus wants ALL that we have and are. He will not share us with the Evil One. We belong to Jesus through the grace of Baptism, and His grace is sufficient each and every day to live that life fully. St. Paul described so well the battle of good and evil when he wrote, “Put on God’s armour so as to be able to resist the devil’s tactics.” (Ephesians 6:10-13). Our readings for this Sunday leave us secure that God is with us and that He WILL NOT FORGET US. It is fitting and truly reflects the battle between good and evil, the army of Jesus against that of Lucifer. We should be encouraged and strengthened by these inspired words of Scripture, assuring us of our victory over evil. We confidently profess in one of the responses at the Eucharist: “Save us, Saviour of the world, for by your Cross and Resurrection you have set us free.”

This confidence is reflected throughout the gospel. Jesus knows our human needs: what you will eat or drink, or about your body, what you will wear”. He tells us to look at the birds of the sky, the wild flowers, and the grass of the field. His examples almost embarrass us to acknowledge that we indeed have nothing to worry about. He repeats, “Do not worry about tomorrow; tomorrow will take care of itself.” Jesus asks us to “seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be given you besides.” If we seek to do the Father’s will, as Jesus did, we will be blessed and saved. In our own personal lives grace and goodness will triumph.

“‘Celebrating the Word’ is an apostolate of the Congregation of the Resurrection [Resurrectionists], which makes this faith-sharing resource available without cost. To read the full issue, or some of our recent back issues, please visit:

http://resurrectionists.ca/celebrating-the-word

02-february-26-2017

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