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Eight Sunday in Ordinary Time: Seek Ye First

February 27, 2011 | Author: | Posted in 8, E, Sunday Masses

Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not clothed like one of these.

Sunday Mass Readings: February 27, 2011

Today’s Sunday Mass Reading is for the Eight Sunday in Ordinary Time.

The Lord has been my strength; he has led me into freedom. He saved me because he loves me.

First Reading

[God’s Faithfulness]

The exile in Babylon was a test of the faith and patience of the Hebrews. The unknown wandering preacher whose sermons are preserved in Isaiah 40-55 (Second Isaiah) encourages his fellow exiles to have faith in the providence of God.

A reading from the book of the Prophet Isaiah.

Isaiah 49:14-15
14 But Zion said, “The LORD has forsaken me, my Lord has forgotten me.”
15 “Can a woman forget her sucking child, that she should have no compassion on the son of her womb? Even these may forget, yet I will not forget you.

Responsorial Psalm

[Trust in God]

Psalms 62:2-3,6-9
2 He only is my rock and my salvation, my fortress; I shall not be greatly moved.
3 How long will you set upon a man to shatter him, all of you, like a leaning wall, a tottering fence?
6 He only is my rock and my salvation, my fortress; I shall not be shaken.
7 On God rests my deliverance and my honor; my mighty rock, my refuge is God.
8 Trust in him at all times, O people; pour out your heart before him; God is a refuge for us. [Selah]
9 Men of low estate are but a breath, men of high estate are a delusion; in the balances they go up; they are together lighter than a breath.

Second Reading

[God our Judge]

As Christians, we must be persons of expectation and hope, serving others with no thought of earthly reward – but simply for the Lord.

A reading from the first Letter of Saint Paul to the Corinthians.

1 Corinthians 4:1-5
1 This is how one should regard us, as servants of Christ and stewards of the mysteries of God.
2 Moreover it is required of stewards that they be found trustworthy.
3 But with me it is a very small thing that I should be judged by you or by any human court. I do not even judge myself.
4 I am not aware of anything against myself, but I am not thereby acquitted. It is the Lord who judges me.
5 Therefore do not pronounce judgment before the time, before the Lord comes, who will bring to light the things now hidden in darkness and will disclose the purposes of the heart. Then every man will receive his commendation from God.

Gospel Reading

[Trust in God]

We must have unlimited trust in God while at the same time working with all our might to do the things expected of us.

A reading from the holy Gospel according to Matthew.

Matthew 6: 24 – 34
24 “No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon.
25 “Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you shall eat or what you shall drink, nor about your body, what you shall put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing?
26 Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?
27 And which of you by being anxious can add one cubit to his span of life?
28 And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they neither toil nor spin;
29 yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.
30 But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O men of little faith?
31 Therefore do not be anxious, saying, `What shall we eat?’ or `What shall we drink?’ or `What shall we wear?’
32 For the Gentiles seek all these things; and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all.
33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things shall be yours as well.
34 “Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Let the day’s own trouble be sufficient for the day.

Listen in to the sermon…

For today’s homily from the Gospel of Matthew, listen to Fr. Robert Barron’s very relevant, insightful and inspiring sermon.

“Seek first the Kingdom of God and his righteousness, and the rest will be given to you.” Make God the center of your life, and you will be spiritually ordered in Christ’s image. If you make wealth and security your center, you will be empty. You make the choice: will God be your center?

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