8th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A, 26th February 2017

“I will never forget you”

The readings for this week speak of the love and care that God has for us.  This love is personal to each individual need, concern or fear that we may have.

In the First Reading, the people of Israel feel abandoned by God, but the Lord reassures them saying, “I will never forget you.”

We may be challenged by the Gospel as Jesus invites each one of us to notice whether our hearts are set on the kingdom of God.  Do I trust in God for my needs, or I am I worried about my life and material well-being in a way that distracts me from faith?

As I ponder the Gospel, I may want to bear in mind that St. Paul encourages us not to judge ourselves or one another, but to focus only on Christ and on being a servant of God (Second Reading).

The Psalm becomes a comforting prayer, full of images of the power and glory of God.  I can stand firm in the care of my help, my rock, my strength: “In you alone, Lord, is my soul at rest.”

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