27 Feb – Eighth Sunday of Ordinary Time
The Tremendous Love Of God
We are cherished by the tremendous love of God, tender and forgiving above every human love. We pray that we may be able to surrender to this love in perfect trust.
– The Sunday Missal
Zion was saying, ‘The Lord has abandoned me,
the Lord has forgotten me.’
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.
1 Corinthians 4:1-5
People must think of us as Christ’s servants, stewards entrusted with the mysteries of God. What is expected of stewards is that each one should be found worthy of his trust. Not that it makes the slightest difference to me whether you, or indeed any human tribunal, find me worthy or not. I will not even pass judgement on myself. True, my conscience does not reproach me at all, but that does not prove that I am acquitted: the Lord alone is my judge. There must be no passing of premature judgement. Leave that until the Lord comes; he will light up all that is hidden in the dark and reveal the secret intentions of men’s hearts. Then will be the time for each one to have whatever praise he deserves, from God.
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. Surely life means more than food, and the body more than clothing! Look at the birds in the sky. They do not sow or reap or gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are we not worth much more than they are? Can any of you, for all his worrying, add one single cubit to his span of life? And why worry about clothing? Think of the flowers growing in the fields; they never have to work or spin; yet I assure you that not even Solomon in all his regalia was robed like one of these. Now if that is how God clothes the grass in the field which is there today and thrown into the furnace tomorrow, will he not much more look after you, you men of little faith? So do not worry; do not say, “What are we to eat? What are we to drink? How are we to be clothed?” It is the pagans who set their hearts on all these things. Your heavenly Father knows you need them all. Set your hearts on his kingdom first, and on his righteousness, and all these other things will be given you as well. So do not worry about tomorrow: tomorrow will take care of itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.’
Each day has enough trouble of its own
There is a saying that goes along the lines of: “If we fail to plan, we plan to fail.” This is seen in the many meetings and conferences that employees of organisations and even parish councils of churches that gather to deliberate issues concerning the faithful. It is amazing how these plans often revolve around the marshalling of resources at a high cost only to discover that all their plans go awry because of an oversight. I believe that the readings of this Sunday are a reminder that we should not be overly reliant on planning but trust in God.
Trust in God is not an easy thing to develop because very often we cannot trust somebody whom we have not met. God allows us to make choices in our own lives as it is His gift to us. Sometimes we forget the purpose of our lives which is to love God and serve Him all our lives. How can we then develop this trust in God? I believe the root of all this is through prayer and in particular through consistent conversations with God. We need to allow God to speak to us in the scriptures and the people whom we meet to touch our hearts and minds. Our hearts and minds also need to be receptive to these remarks being made so that we can be open to change.
Just as it takes a long time to develop mutual trust with our close friends, we should also realise that our life will be one that is far more peaceful if we allow God to work within us and to offer up all the trials that we face to Him.
(Today’s OXYGEN by Nicholas Chia)
Prayer: Lord, let us never forget of Your presence in our daily lives.
Thanksgiving: We give thanks for all who bring hope to the underprivileged in society.