Posted by: livingscripture | June 20, 2015

Eleventh Saturday in Ordinary

From the Word of the Day

“Do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink.”   (Mathew 6: 25)

How should we live this Wordimage047- creation

 Today, God’s Word continues to speak about poverty.  Yesterday, the accent was on not accumulating things, on not filling ourselves with useless things.  Today instead, the accent is on avoiding preoccupation.  It is important to plan, to foresee, to prevent.  These are expressions of carefulness, of respect for resources that belong to everyone.  But to become anxious, forgetting to confide in Divine Providence is also dangerous and is akin the mania to accumulate.

Anxiety and amassing create a vicious circle in which the preoccupation to have resources leads to growth in the need for them and legitimatizes denying them to others who would have them by right.  These situations create waste of food, natural resources, common goods, and exclusion of peoples and situations.  In other words, it creates injustice and death.

The  disparities we see in our times come from this excessive accumulating and from an exaggerated preoccupation for tomorrow that has altered rhythms, proportions, and the times for every aspect of life, both human and animal, and that of nature.

In my pause for silent contemplation, I will ask Jesus to help me gain balance in my life between my reliance on His Divine Providence, sharing with others, and my own needs.

Lord, creation groans and suffers with us as we await Your coming.   Help us to grow in the capacity to respect and love what surrounds us, abandoning every kind of exaggerated and destructive use of the goods You have entrusted to us.

 The Voice of the Gospel of Luke, 4: 4

“Man does not live by bread alone but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.”

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