Religion that is pure and undefiled before God and the Father is this: to care for orphans and widows in their affliction and to keep oneself unstained by the world. - James 1:27

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Diocese of Monterey

March 2, 2014 | Sacred Heart Church


Some scripture passages require a good deal of study before they yield their inner meaning. Not so with today’s Gospel, a continuation of the Sermon on the Mount. Here we have Jesus’ well-known sayings about God’s care for us. “No one can serve two masters” and “Look at the birds in the sky” have become idioms in our culture. Perhaps they have become too familiar. Jesus’ point is a simple one—if we keep our hearts set on the important things, God will take care of the rest. His use of simple images from nature—birds, flowers, grass—would have resonated just as deeply with his listeners then as they do today. The brief  passage from Isaiah, situated as it is in a longer section on the restoration of Zion, uses a wonderful feminine image to portray God’s care for us. Even more than a mother’s care for her own child is God’s attentiveness to our needs. Juxtaposed with the Gospel reading, an image of God as doting parent surfaces. No wonder St. Paul in his letter to the Corinthians is more confident in the judgment of the Lord than in any human assessment! […]

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