18th June 2022

Reflection on Matthew 6:24-34, "You cannot serve God and mammon…"



2 Chr 24: 17-25;                    Ps 89: 4-5, 29-34;                   Mt 6: 24-34




The first verse from the gospel of today says it all: “You cannot serve both God and mammon.” Mammon is an Aramaic word meaning wealth or property and signifies a choice that is not of God but one driven by greed and avarice. Jesus knows human nature so well. He knows that we can only concentrate on one thing at a time. And so, he wants his people to concentrate on what matters most.

Look beyond the daily concerns of food and clothing and see the bigger picture, says Jesus in the Gospels. He advises his followers to focus their attention on God, the creator and sustainer of all that is. Food and clothing pale in comparison to the love of God shown through his Son, Jesus Christ. Fully concentrating on day-to-day living issues can lead one away from God. If food, clothing, and shelter become the priority, the person will never have enough or be satisfied with what he or she has right now.

Instead, Jesus wants his followers to focus on a life based in him and his teachings. Food, clothing and shelter are all perishable in the end. That which will never perish is one’s relationship with him. It takes a certain maturity in faith to look beyond the perishable and concentrate solely on God. For the person who strives for this, life takes on new meaning. One acquires the ability to live well with less.

It is only in prayer that this attitude toward worldly things can be achieved. Food, clothing and shelter take on less importance when one is in the presence of God. One realizes rather quickly that those things do not matter as much, and more importantly, if one makes a conscious decision to spend more time with God, the rest takes care of itself. At the realization that all things come from God, the person becomes very satisfied with what he is in the here and now, and neither the future nor what it can offer interests him.

Response: I will keep my faithful love for him always.

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