The love of God is something that only He can give, and just like the rain on a summer day, is a breath of fresh air. His love is there regardless of who we are. In the First Reading, we are reminded of how deep God’s love is, even more intense than the love of a mother. Whenever we see a person in the worst and most difficult of circumstances, people who we think no one loves, we know confidently that despite everything, that person’s mother would love him no less. And yet, the reading says,
‘Even should she forget, I will never forget you.’ (Is. 49: 15)
As if this isn’t enough, this Sunday’s Gospel tells us not to worry, not to be anxious, and to seek the Kingdom instead. God assures us that for as long as we seek His righteousness, all these things will be provided us His children. He tells us not to worry about life, what we’ll eat or drink, or what we’ll wear. He is truly a loving and caring God, only wanting the best for us! Our Parish Priest, Fr. Roy Rosales mentioned that this Sunday’s Gospel reading is one of his favorites in the Scriptures. I certainly agree!
In the Second Reading, we are reminded that the ultimate judge is God. We shouldn’t make any judgment on others, as we really don’t know the circumstances behind their actions and behavior. What we see outside may not reflect the real motives of their hearts and so we better reserve judgment. Anyway, the Lord will bring to light what is hidden in darkness, and will reveal the motives of their hearts. (1 Cor. 4: 5)
As the Lenten Season comes in very soon, we are invited to re-focus and to re-direct our priorities. Doing the things for God like feeding the hungry, clothing the naked, and providing a home for those without shelter are certainly part of the needs of the Kingdom here on earth. Sharing what we have so that the needs of the least will be met should be top-of-mind. We should remember that we are only stewards of our talents and treasures, hence we should be discerning on how these will be put to use. Sharing is one of them.
Let us then respond wholeheartedly, knowing that in doing these to others, we give them a glimpse of the face of Jesus. Trust Him and don’t worry about your own concerns, for He has never failed in His promises.
‘My soul rests in God alone; from whom comes my salvation. God alone is my rock and salvation, my secure height; I shall not fall.’ (Ps. 62: 2)