I expect you remember that when you were a child you set your heart on something you wanted, or something you wanted to do - say riding, ice skating or having a toy. As a child, one is self-focused, for the cares of world are not yet on our shoulders and our framework of life has a limited horizon.

As adults, we too can set our hearts on different aspirations and can be self-focused unless we open ourselves to the tremendous merciful and compassionate love of God which calls us to live in Him and to reach out to Him in others.

In today’s Gospel Jesus warns us that “we cannot be the slave both of God and money.[1] We are called not to live a dichotomous life but to live out our lives with the help of His grace, relying on his Providence.

We probably ask ourselves if divine providence is so loving and all-embracing why is their suffering in the world? Well, physical evils are “often the result of the weakness of creatures in body and mind.”[2] We are not living in the garden of Eden…

Friends can forget us, even family, but we have the promise of God the Father, realised in Jesus His Son, and given to us by the Prophet Isaiah, that “I will never forget you.[3] Quite a promise!

Jesus encourages us further by telling us “Do not worry; do not say, ‘What are we to eat? What are we to drink? How are we to be clothed?’[4]…” Your heavenly Father knows you need them all. Set your hearts on his kingdom first, and on his righteousness, and all these other things will be given you as well. So, do not worry about tomorrow; tomorrow will take care of itself.”[5]

So, each day, “Set your heart on His Kingdom firstthen all your todays will be lived out in a spirit of dependence upon God for everything, yes, everything and peace will reign deep down in your heart.

- Sr. Rosaleen Shaw, O.P.

[1] Matt.6: 24

[2] http://www.catholicbook.com/AgredaCD/MyCatholicFai...

[3] Is.49:15

[4] Matt.6: 31

[5] Matt.6:33-34