GOD AND MAMMON…

2 Chronicles 24:17-25 
17 Now after the death of Jehoiada the princes of Judah came and did obeisance to the king; then the king hearkened to them.18 And they forsook the house of the LORD, the God of their fathers, and served the Asherim and the idols. And wrath came upon Judah and Jerusalem for this their guilt.
19 Yet he sent prophets among them to bring them back to the LORD; these testified against them, but they would not give heed.20 Then the Spirit of God took possession of Zechariah the son of Jehoiada the priest; and he stood above the people, and said to them, “Thus says God, ‘Why do you transgress the commandments of the LORD, so that you cannot prosper? Because you have forsaken the LORD, he has forsaken you.'”
21 But they conspired against him, and by command of the king they stoned him with stones in the court of the house of the LORD.
22 Thus Joash the king did not remember the kindness which Jehoiada, Zechariah’s father, had shown him, but killed his son. And when he was dying, he said, “May the LORD see and avenge!”
23 At the end of the year the army of the Syrians came up against Joash. They came to Judah and Jerusalem, and destroyed all the princes of the people from among the people, and sent all their spoil to the king of Damascus.
24 Though the army of the Syrians had come with few men, the LORD delivered into their hand a very great army, because they had forsaken the LORD, the God of their fathers. Thus they executed judgment on Joash.
25 When they had departed from him, leaving him severely wounded, his servants conspired against him because of the blood of the son of Jehoiada the priest, and slew him on his bed. So he died; and they buried him in the city of David, but they did not bury him in the tombs of the kings.

Matthew 6:24-34 

24 “No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon.
25 “Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you shall eat or what you shall drink, nor about your body, what you shall put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing?
26 Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?
27 And which of you by being anxious can add one cubit to his span of life?
28 And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they neither toil nor spin;
29 yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.
30 But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O men of little faith?
31 Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’
32 For the Gentiles seek all these things; and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all.33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things shall be yours as well.
34 “Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Let the day’s own trouble be sufficient for the day.

MEDITATION

THE FIRST READING: The priest Jehoiada who took care and reinstated Joash to the kingly office died of old age that saw the beginning of the rot of Joash dinasty, because he worshiped Yahweh and he idolalized the goddess Asherim! 

The efforts of subsequent prophets that called Joash to only worship Yahweh fell on deaf ears. Even Zachariah the son of the priest Jehoiada who raised the king, were ignored when he tried to bring the king to his senses.When the Syrian army came to loot Judah, Joash was wounded and later killed by Zachariah the son of Jehoiada. 

THE GOSPEL READING: Our Lord is fully aware of our adulterous nature, in the sense that we desire to have our bread buttered on both sides meaning—we have a voracious appitite for both worldly and trancendent things! Jesus hold up and compare the disquiet nature of man versus the jaunty blissful nature of the birds who do not have a ‘bucket list’ of their daily or long-term needs or wants to obviate their fears of tommorow! 

Christ remind us that our hunger to eat and drink is no different to the needs and wants of unbelievers, which suppose we are on an equal footing. ‘Mammon’ refers to worldly goods that has no meaningful or intrinsic value insofar as it does not imply that material success is a sign of God’s benevolence! We are called to build a heavenly throne—obey His statutes, keep His commands. If the truth be told—an unquenchable lust for goods, money and status—can rob us from being joyfull and charitable, such that it can poison us and leed to our eternal punishment. 

LET US PRAYER:Psalms 89:4-5,29-34

4 ‘I will establish your descendants for ever, and build your throne for all generations.'” [Selah]5 Let the heavens praise thy wonders, O LORD, thy faithfulness in the assembly of the holy ones!
29 I will establish his line for ever and his throne as the days of the heavens.
30 If his children forsake my law and do not walk according to my ordinances,
31 if they violate my statutes and do not keep my commandments,32 then I will punish their transgression with the rod and their iniquity with scourges;
33 but I will not remove from him my steadfast love, or be false to my faithfulness.34 I will not violate my covenant, or alter the word that went forth from my lips.

Commentary. Henry R SYLVESTER Note: The daily scripture readings are taken from the Roman Missal which the Catholic Church use in the daily Celebration of the Holy Eucharist throughout the world.Some weekly readings may differ because of the celebration of local feast days

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