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Sunday, February 26, 2017

My Lord says ... Matthew 6:24-34


24 Jesus said to his disciples: 

“No one can serve two masters. 
He will either hate one and love the other, 
or be devoted to one and despise the other. 
You cannot serve God and mammon. “

25 Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink, or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing? 26 Look at the birds in the sky; they do not sow or reap, they gather nothing into barns, yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are not you more important than they? 27 Can any of you by worrying add a single moment to your life-span?"
28 Why are you anxious about clothes? Learn from the way the wild flowers grow. They do not work or spin. 29 But I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was clothed like one of them. 30 If God so clothes the grass of the field, which grows today and is thrown into the oven tomorrow, will he not much more provide for you, O you of little faith? 31 So do not worry and say, ‘What are we to eat?’ or ‘What are we to drink?’ or ‘What are we to wear?’ 32 All these things the pagans seek. Your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. 

"33 But seek first the kingdom of God 
and His righteousness, 
and all these things 
will be given you besides. 
 34 Do not worry about tomorrow; 
tomorrow will take care of itself. 
Sufficient for a day is its own evil."

I’m guilty of this for I’m a great worrier.  Before I left to travel back to the United States, I got worried about my mother being left alone in her house.  Her household helper didn’t come back for a week when she took her day off and she promised to be back the following day.  Her daughter was hospitalized due to her kidney problem.  I do understand her situation because I even asked my other family members to provide financial assistance to her. We all contributed for her daughter’s hospitalization expenses. I got into argument with my elder brother suggesting him to transfer our mother to the same place where his elder son is living. In that way, there is at least someone closed by to look after her, even if her household helper will not return anymore.  I told him that it didn’t matter to me whether her household helper would come back or not anymore. My main concern was about our mother’s safety. I informed him that I can help our mother move out by carrying all her personal belongings to the place and arrange them within the remaining two days of my stay. The rest of her hard-to-carry furniture and appliances will just be handled by his workers.  For two days, I texted him about the situation, but there was no response from him.  Early morning, I attended my last mass and lifted up everything in prayers.

While in his office on the day before my departure, he opened up about the subject and  to my surprise, he didn’t approve of my suggestion. Though I left his office with a heavy heart, I felt relieved and happy on the same day also because my mother’s household helper arrived. 

Then after a month, I heard from my niece that my mother moved to the place near where his elder son and his family are living.  What is good for my mother is what matters most to my elder brother and I felt very happy that he agreed at the end. 

" I will sing of your salvation. In you, O Lord, I take refuge; let me never be put to shame. In your justice rescue me and deliver me; incline your ear to me, and save me. Be my rock of refuge, a stronghold to give me safety, for you are rock and my fortress. O my God, rescue me from the hand of the wicked. For you are my hope, O Lord, my trust, O God from my youth. On you I depend my birth; from my mother's womb, you are my strength. My mouth shall declare your justice, day by day your salvation. O God, you have taught me from my youth, and till the present I proclaim your wondrous deeds."

Psalm 71:1-2, 3-4a 

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