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Homilies :: Latin Rite
Saturday of the 11th Week in Ordinary Time Download This Homily

2 Corinthians 12:1-10 ;

Psalm 34:8-13;

Gospel MT 6:24-34


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.

"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? 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? Can any of you by worrying add a single moment to your life-span? Why are you anxious about clothes? Learn from the way the wild flowers grow. They do not work or spin. But I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was clothed like one of them. 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?


So do not worry and say, 'What are we to eat?' or 'What are we to drink?' or 'What are we to wear?' All these things the pagans seek. Your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. But seek first the Kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be given you besides. Do not worry about tomorrow; tomorrow will take care of itself. Sufficient for a day is its own evil."

 

Serve Only One Master

 

IF we want to reach the top of anything, we need to have undivided attention. Half-heartedness will not reach us anywhere: we will be half here and half there.


Jesus articulates this with the following words, “No one can be a slave of two masters”. Here the two masters are, God and Mammon (wealth). If one wants to lead a life in God and for God and for all the people through God, one will have to renounce the desire for mammon, that is wealth and all that wealth brings: power, pleasure and possession. Everybody has to make this choice in one’s life. We all have to make this choice for God and not for Mammon. Accept God as our Master.


The human experience shows that one has to be extremely cautious in handling Mammon. Mammon is powerful to make and break us. Tame Mammon as our servant, don’t let him be Master. The problem occurs when Mammon becomes our Master. As a servant he will be useful, who can do much good to us as well as to the world. But as Master, he will be destructive.


Think of, hence, how we are using the resources (Mammon) we have at our disposal. Do we use them for our own comforts only? Or are we using them for the good of greater number of people? Do we use Mammon for the glory of God, or for our own glory? Do we use things as if they belong to us, or as if they belong to God? How do we try to acquire Mammon (power and possessions) in our life? Do we acquire them through just and fair means, or do we apply foul means?


Another lesson to learn is, Mammon never satisfies us. The more we have it, the more of it we would like to have. And we like to hide it from others for fear of being stolen. It is like intoxication. It makes us more thirsty, a kind of thirst that never quenches and fearful. God alone can satisfy us, for one who possesses God, possesses everything. The nearer we come to God, the nearer we come to everyone. The more we drink of the living water from God, the happier we become, and the richer we make others.


We can never make others happy by sharing our Mammon, because they will want more of it, which we cannot give.

We can make others feel joyful by sharing with them the Spirit we possess.


Dr. Jacob Marangattu CMI


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