Gospel Reflections

8th Sunday of Ordinary Time

Matthew 6:24-34

Sunday Gospel Reflection by Sister Michela Sheehan

Published: February 26, 2017

What is Jesus telling us today?

We are reminded to observe the birds of the air – how they neither sow nor gather or reap, but are cared for. We are to learn from the flowers and grass in the field that neither work nor spin yet are more beautiful than the splendor of Solomon. Then we are told to seek first the kingdom (holiness) and righteousness (gracious living).

There it is. I believe this is what Jesus is teaching us today.  We are called to become holy and live in tune with creation.

So we notice the creatures of air, land and sea… Are they “free?” Is our land filled with beauty and wonder?

Has our world been captured by pollution and waste? What have we done?  What must we do?”

The focus seems to be on the care of the earth… Do you see the focus? The Pope does and writes: This sister, Mother Earth, cries out to us because of the harm we have inflicted on her by our irresponsible use and abuse of the goods with which God has endowed her. We have come to see ourselves as her lords and masters, entitled to plunder her at will. The violence present in our hearts, wounded by sin, is also reflected in the symptoms of sickness evident in the soil, in the water, in the air and in all forms of life. This is why earth burdened and laid waste, is among the most abandoned and maltreated of our poor; she “groans in travail.” We have forgotten that we ourselves are dust of the earth; our very bodies are made up of her elements; we breathe her air and we receive life and refreshment from her waters.                                                                                                                                                

Laudato Si’ - "A Prayer for the Earth"

All powerful God, you are present in the whole universe and in the smallest of your creatures. You embrace with your tenderness all that exists.

Pour out upon us the power of your love, that we may protect life and beauty. Fill us with peace that we may live as brothers and sisters, harming no one.

O God of the poor, Help us rescue the abandoned and forgotten of this earth, so precious in your eyes. Bring healing to our lives that we may protect the world and not prey on it, that we may sow beauty, not pollution and destruction.

Touch the hearts of those who look only for gain at the expense of the poor and the earth. Teach us to discover the worth of each thing, to be filled with awe and contemplation, to recognize that we are profoundly united with every creature as we journey toward your infinite light.

We thank you for being with us each day. Encourage us, we pray, in our struggle for justice, love and peace. — Laudato Si’

What can/must I do?










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