8th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A

Published on 20 Feb 2017
Meadow.

Grant us, O Lord, we pray,
that the course of the world
may be directed by your peaceful rule
and that your Church may rejoice,
untroubled in her devotion.

I will never forget you.
First Reading Isaiah 49:14–15

In God alone is my soul at rest. 
Responsorial Psalm

Trust him at all times. Pour out your hearts before him.
Responsorial Psalm

The Lord alone is my judge.
Second Reading 1 Corinthians 4:1–5

Set your hearts on his kingdom first, and on his righteousness, and all these other things will be given you as well.
Gospel Matthew 6:24–34

Today’s liturgy reveals most perfectly the wonderful motive for the Lord’s coming to save: “because he delights in me!” As I come, again, into the presence of God through his Word, I begin with a spirit of deep gratitude. I look back on the week that has past and try to thank God for the good and the bad, the joys and the difficulties. I pray with a spirit of humble thanksgiving for graces received.
In the First Reading we hear how Isaiah prepares the people for hardships that will push them to near despair. But the prophet knows, from experience, that God’s absolute faithfulness, whatever the situation, is all that matters. He reassures them that their faith is never in vain.
The response of God to the people of Israel is echoed in the Gospel through the teaching of Jesus. He shows, by his words and actions, how his Father and our Father cares for our every need.
In the psalm we are reminded that all we need to do is hand everything over to God, through whom we can stand firm. He alone is our refuge, our safety, our glory!
The Second Reading urges us to consider ourselves as stewards of the mysteries of God. Accordingly, we should strive to be trustworthy.
I pray for the grace to entrust my coming week to our holy and powerful protector, who knows our every need and in whom I can find myself at rest.