2 Chronicles 24:17-25
After the death of Jehoiada, the officials of Judah came to pay court to the king, and the king now turned to them for advice. The Judaeans abandoned the Temple of the Lord, the God of their ancestors, for the worship of sacred poles and idols. Because of their guilt, God’s anger fell on Judah and Jerusalem. He sent them prophets to bring them back to the Lord, but when these gave their message, they would not listen. The spirit of God took possession of Zechariah son of Jehoiada the priest. He stood up before the people and said, ‘God says this, “Why do you transgress the commandments of the Lord to no good purpose? You have deserted the Lord, now he deserts you.”’ They then plotted against him and by order of the king stoned him in the court of the Temple of the Lord. King Joash, forgetful of the kindness that Jehoiada, the father of Zechariah, had shown him, killed Jehoiada’s son who cried out as he died, ‘The Lord sees and he will avenge!’
When a year had gone by, the Aramaean army made war on Joash. They reached Judah and Jerusalem, and executed all the officials among the people, sending back to the king at Damascus all that they had plundered from them. Though the Aramaean army had by no means come in force, the Lord delivered into its power an army of great size for having deserted him, the God of their ancestors.
The Aramaeans treated Joash as he had deserved, and when they retired they left him a very sick man; and his officers, plotting against him to avenge the death of the son of Jehoiada the priest, murdered him in his bed. So he died, and they buried him in the Citadel of David, though not in the tombs of the kings.
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 you 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.’
So do not worry about tomorrow.
Before getting off from work, I write down things to do for the following day. That way I will not miss any important task. I become worrisome and worked up whenever I am experiencing tight deadlines at work. I tend to multitask and end up feeling exhausted by the end of the day. What did I accomplish? It is a very difficult question.
It says in the Gospel, “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.” Actually this is true. There is this word, “focus”, which signifies singularity. It is either this one or that one. It can never be both. It will be too tiring and will end up not focusing to neither. Choosing God over money does not mean not doing anything and just wait for God to feed us. It says in 2 Thessalonians 3:10, “We gave you a rule when we were with you: do not let anyone have any food if he refuses to do any work.” There is no blessing to those who are lazy. We will starve to death if we do not buy food and water. Our bills will not pay for themselves. So definitely we do need money.
Yet, attachment to money is dangerous. It also includes attachment to fame, power, and possessions. It may turn us into a greedy person that leads to negative relationship with others. And these instances push us away from God. We might be thinking that we are working to live a comfortable life. But the end result is we are living to work. Do we work hard to earn more in order to serve the Lord? Or do we work hard to earn more in order to serve ourselves? Or do we live our life everyday, working so hard and wearing ourselves out?
Money is not bad as it is. It becomes the root of evil if we choose it over God. It is bad if we become greedy, have hatred, and become an unforgiving person because of it. We must make money a tool so that whatever we do, we offer it to God. This will make our Lord the center of our everything.
Before we sleep each night, let us try to reflect what happened that day. Let us ask ourselves, “What did I accomplish? Did I do something that is pleasing to God? Do I see God in what I do?”
(Today’s OXYGEN by Beryl Baterina)
Prayer: Father God, please grant us joy while facing our daily struggles. Please allow our hearts to choose to serve the Lord over our desire to material wealth. We pray that we will not be too attached with our money but rather be generous to share it with others.
Thanksgiving: We thank you Lord for the blessings and graces we received. We thank you Father for all things that we have that sustains our daily life.