Lectio Divina - Sunday, February 26th, 2017
Sunday, February 26th, 2017
Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Reading from Matthew 6:24-34
God and Possessions
24“You cannot be a slave of two masters; you will hate one and love the other; you will be loyal to one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.
25“This is why I tell you: do not be worried about the food and drink you need in order to stay alive, or about clothes for your body. After all, isn't life worth more than food? And isn't the body worth more than clothes?26Look at the birds: they do not plant seeds, gather a harvest and put it in barns; yet your Father in heaven takes care of them! Aren't you worth much more than birds?27Can any of you live a bit longer by worrying about it?
28“And why worry about clothes? Look how the wild flowers grow: they do not work or make clothes for themselves.29 But I tell you that not even King Solomon with all his wealth had clothes as beautiful as one of these flowers.30It is God who clothes the wild grass—grass that is here today and gone tomorrow, burned up in the oven. Won't he be all the more sure to clothe you? What little faith you have!
31“So do not start worrying: ‘Where will my food come from? or my drink? or my clothes?’32(These are the things the pagans are always concerned about.) Your Father in heaven knows that you need all these things.33Instead, be concerned above everything else with the Kingdom of God and with what he requires of you, and he will provide you with all these other things.34So do not worry about tomorrow; it will have enough worries of its own. There is no need to add to the troubles each day brings.
Isaiah 49:14-15, 1 Corinthians 4:1-5