Friday 22 June 2018
Day of Penance.
2 Kings 11:1-4, 9-18, 20. Psalm 131(132):11-14, 17-18. Matthew 6:19-23.
The Lord has chosen Zion for his dwelling—Psalm 131(132):11-14, 17-18.
‘They made him king and anointed him, and they clapped their hands and shouted “Long live the king!”’
The tension between material and spiritual riches emerges in today’s Gospel passage. Awareness of God’s presence is worth far more than any physical possession, no matter how satisfying. God’s presence encourages us to keep walking the path ahead with faith and courage.
This passage reads not as a rap on the knuckles but as a gentle reminder of the need for the constant correction of the heart’s material desires.
Let us pray that we can enjoy the liberating feeling of overcoming material desires and pitch our hearts in the much richer direction offered to us by the Lord.