8th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Here we are in the 8th Sunday of the Church Year and Jesus is still talking up on the mountain. What he had to say last Sunday was somewhat disconcerting – love our enemies, forgive those who oppress you. Today is not much easier!
In today’s Gospel excerpt, Jesus challenges us to strive for a life of detachment. He warns us not to make material goals the all-consuming influence of our lives. He uses beautiful, poetic examples of birds and flowers, how beautiful they are and not one of them has an eight to five job. Jesus stresses that the key to detachment is faith; strong faith in him and our ultimate destiny.
It is necessary to read this text very carefully. Jesus does not deny that we need material things. He just says that first, we sing the kingship of Jesus and holiness, and these other things will be given to us beside. “Your heavenly father knows all what you need…and all these things will be given to you besides.” This is not an invitation to lay down our jobs and to be unconcerned about day-to-day living. It is a question of priorities and balance.