Seek first the Kingdom of God

June 24, 2018 7:16 am

“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.” (MT 6: 31-33)

If we are God’s children and He is our Father, like in a family, we do not need to worry about: “what are we to eat or what are we to drink.” Our “heavenly Father knows that we need them all.” Our concern should be: how to love Him more, how to be witnesses to His love and how to “seek first the Kingdom of God and his righteousness.”

“Jesus Christ became poor although he was rich, so that by his poverty you might become rich.” (Gospel Acclamation)

Seek first the Kingdom of God

June 23, 2018 6:00 am

“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.” (MT 6: 31-33)

If we are God’s children and He is our Father, like in a family, we do not need to worry about: “what are we to eat or what are we to drink.” Our “heavenly Father knows that we need them all.” Our concern should be: how to love Him more, how to be witnesses to His love and how to “seek first the Kingdom of God and his righteousness.”

“Jesus Christ became poor although he was rich, so that by his poverty you might become rich.” (Gospel Acclamation)

Store up treasures in heaven

June 22, 2018 6:00 am

“But store up treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor decay destroys, nor thieves break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there also will your heart be.” (MT 6: 20-21)

Our modern “treasures” could be a good job or career, popularity or success, importance or wealth. They are good when they are a means to an end: Heaven. When our job or career takes us from our homes, popularity or success takes us from truth, and importance and wealth takes us from normal relationships, we are in danger. “Store up treasures in heaven”

“Blessed are the poor in spirit; for theirs is the Kingdom of heaven.” (Gospel Acclamation)

See clearly

June 22, 2018 6:00 am

“How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me remove that splinter from your eye,’ while the wooden beam is in your eye? You hypocrite, remove the wooden beam from your eye first; then you will see clearly to remove the splinter from your brother’s eye.” (MT 7: 4-5)

It is so easy for us to judge. We do this so often and so automatically. It takes time and practice to learn how to protect others. This is why we have the fifth workshop in our Program—how to defend our spouses and how to become his/her advocate. This is the only way to “see clearly”—to stop judging and trying to change our spouses and to start changing.

“The word of God is living and effective, able to discern reflections and thoughts of the heart.” (Gospel Acclamation)

Our Father who art in heaven

June 21, 2018 6:00 am

“Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name, thy Kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.” (MT 6: 9-13)

It is the only prayer we received from Our Lord. When we pray the “Our Father,” we are so connected to Our Lord, Who taught us His prayer. We say the “Our Father” as a part of the Rosary and the Divine Mercy chaplet as well as during the Mass, but this prayer, because of its uniqueness, deserves to be said more often to celebrate our “spirit of adoption as sons.”

“You have received a spirit of adoption as sons through which we cry: Abba! Father!” (Gospel Acclamation)

You may be children of your heavenly Father

June 19, 2018 6:00 am

“But I say to you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your heavenly Father, for he makes his sun rise on the bad and the good, and causes rain to fall on the just and the unjust.” (MT 5: 44-45)

To be called “children of your heavenly Father” includes not only an amazing honor but also some responsibilities: we need to change the way we think from this world’s perspective to Our Lord’s perspective; His love is total, with no exceptions, no limits and no conditions: “love one another as I have loved you.”

“I give you a new commandment; love one another as I have loved you.” (Gospel Acclamation)

We aspire to please him

June 17, 2018 6:00 am

“Therefore, we aspire to please him, whether we are at home or away. For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each may receive recompense, according to what he did in the body, whether good or evil.” (2 COR 5: 9-10)

We are loved and we want to answer His love in the most beautiful way: “we aspire to please him.” When we love, we want to do everything for the loved person, “whether we are at home or away.” This is natural for love–that we think more about our beloved than about ourselves.

“The seed is the word of God, Christ is the sower. All who come to him will live forever.” (Gospel Acclamation)

Let your “Yes” mean “yes”

June 16, 2018 6:00 am

“Let your ‘Yes’ mean ‘Yes,’ and your ‘No’ mean ‘No.’ Anything more is from the Evil One.” (MT 5: 37)

It is popular, in these days, to be a “yes, but. . .” person. “Are you catholic?” – “Yes, but I do not agree with the teaching against (abortion, contraception, lifelong marriages, etc.).” Our Lord’s teaching is simple: “let your “yes” mean ‘yes.’” Nothing more.

“Incline my heart, O God, to your decrees; and favor me with your law.” (Gospel Acclamation

a tiny whispering sound

June 15, 2018 6:00 am

“A strong and heavy wind was rending the mountains and crushing rocks before the LORD—but the LORD was not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake— but the LORD was not in the earthquake. After the earthquake there was fire— but the LORD was not in the fire. After the fire there was a tiny whispering sound.” (1 KGS 19: 11-12)

Our Lord’s presence in our homes is like “a tiny whispering sound.” Jesus is very delicate and humble; He respects our dignity and freedom, He comes to give not to take, He comes to build n0t to destroy.

“Shine like lights in the world, as you hold on to the word of life.” (Gospel Acclamation)

Go first and be reconciled with your brother

June 14, 2018 6:00 am

“Therefore, if you bring your gift to the altar, and there recall that your brother has anything against you, leave your gift there at the altar, go first and be reconciled with your brother, and then come and offer your gift.” (MT 5: 23-24)

God, Who is love and Who is living as a Trinity, can’t accept our gifts when we are in conflict with our brothers. Reconciliation is always the first step in relationship.

“I give you a new commandment: love one another as I have loved you.” (Gospel Acclamation

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