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PUT YOUR TRUST IN GOD - HE WILL LOOK AFTER YOU

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Eleventh Week in Ordinary Time

2 Chronicles 24:17-25 & Mt. 6:24-34

Joash was the legitimate heir to the throne of King David. It was the priest Jehoida who saw to it that he was rightly installed as king. Joash began his reign well, but when the priest died, things started to fall apart. Evil princes persuaded him to allow a return to pagan practices. When Zechariah, the son of the priest Jehoida, admonished him the king ordered his stoning to death. As a result of his evil, God permitted the Aramaeans to invade Judah and bring disaster on the land.

Joash is a perfect example of what Jesus says in today’s gospel, “No one can be the slave of two masters.” He wanted to be king of Judah, which meant that he should have been totally dedicated to God, since kingship was essentially a religious role, but he also wanted to please the powerful princes who were pagan at heart. For being attentive to the princes, he forsook what God wanted of him. Whenever we try to serve two masters, obviously a tension develops pulling us in opposite directions.

What a wonderful promise Jesus holds out to us in today’s Gospel. He wants to assure us of His Father’s abundant love and provision. There is no need for us to become anxious about anything! If our heavenly Father feeds the birds and clothes the grass in the field will He not look after us? Obviously we are more precious than they are. We are His children. If He gave us life will He not give us all that life requires? But we have to play our part. It is up to us to seek God’s kingdom and His righteousness. If we do that then all the things we need for life will be supplied.

This means that we must feed ourselves with God’s word; clothe ourselves with His love; seek Him above all things and allow Him to guide our steps. The greatest challenge before us is not dealing with earthly concerns but walking in His presence every day and trying to please Him. Our Father is waiting to bless all that we do which is honest and true for He never stops caring for us. We can rely on Him for everything. After all He is God.

So let us surrender all our concerns to Him for He has us in the palm of His hand and will never forsake us. We must trust Him in all things, great and small, and cast all our anxieties and worries on Him. Let us take hold of His hand and let Him be our guide. We are His creation and He cares for us.

Holy Spirit, may we remember throughout life that we have but one Master and He is the Lord, and that He cares for all our needs.

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