It is 26th February 2017. We celebrate the Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time. The readings are from Isaiah 49:14-15; the second reading is from 1Corinthians 4:1-5; and the Gospel from Matthew 6:24-34. We are gently reminded on this Sunday about the faithful love of God and protection exceeding the love of a mother. In the first reading, God assures God’s love for us in the most tendering way, “Does a woman forget her baby at the breast, or fail to cherish the son of her womb? Yet even if these forget, I will never forget you.” (Is.49:15). It is very rare that a mother would forget her child. Even if this happens in the world around us, God has no reason to forget or abandon us. God remembers us more than we do and cherishes our intimate relationships with God. During the times of sadness, grief and loss, we begin to blabber that God has forgotten us. It takes a while understand the unfolding plan of God in our lives. Our God is a compassionate, forgiving and loving God. The responsorial Psalm prays, “Rest in God alone, my soul.” (Ps.62:6). In the second reading, we are made clear that we must be patient until the Lord comes in judging the other. Let us not rush to fix people when there is so much of hunger of love and charity in us. When we are on an internship of love, we must not judge. None of us have the perfect charity and love within ourselves. Let us begin to live our lives in full in the light of the Gospel. It is up to the Lord to reward us or to punish us for having not been trustworthy for all that is entrusted to us. The Gospel sharply points out that we cannot serve and love more than one at a time. Either we love God or serve the mammon. We need to rely on God totally and truly fall in love with God in every moment of our lives. There is no wrong in using the things and money of the world. The risk is that we begin to love the things and money and starting to use God as a temporary solution. We need to become the beacon of love and compassion in our communities. We must never use people for our selfish benefits and growth rather let us begin to love them for what they are as children of God. Indeed, we worry for many things in our lives more than we can handle in our lives. Worry grows in abundance where trust in God fades gradually. Have you made your life a riddle of worries than a garden of charity? “But seek first the kingdom of God and God’s righteousness, and all these things will be given you besides.” (Mt. 6:33). Let us pray for undivided heart to love the Lord and the others. May you have a good day.

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