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8th Sunday Ordinary Time

Isaiah 49:14-15
1 Corinthians 4:1-5
Psalm 62:2-3, 6-9
Matthew 6:24-34

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"Your heavenly Father knows all that you need. Seek first His kingship over you, His way of holiness, and all these things will be given you besides." —Matthew 6:32-33

Are you secure in God's love? Are you sure that, even if a mother forgets her infant, the Lord would never forget you? (Is 49:15) If you lost your job, would you worry? If you didn't know where your next meal was coming from, would you be upset? Do you believe that your heavenly Father is a real Father Who provides for His family? Do you feel so insured by being a child of God that having man's insurance would be superfluous or even a means of doubting God's providence?

We can't serve two masters; we should not worry but trust God for our basic needs (Mt 6:24). Many of today's Christians have placed themselves in the most insecure situation possible, that is, depending on themselves for security.

Prayer:  Jesus, may I lose my life so You can save me (Lk 9:24).

Promise:  "The Lord is the One to judge me, so stop passing judgment before the time of His return." —1 Cor 4:4-5

Praise:  Praise You, Jesus! Your dependence on the Father set us free to abandon ourselves to His care. Thank You, Father!

Reference:  (To stay focused on seeking first the Kingdom, read the Bible every day. We have several tape series to help you. Overview of the Bible is six audio tapes starting with AV 10A-1 or three video tapes starting with V-10A. 15-minute Bible Teaching - New Testament is forty audio tapes starting with #700. An Introduction to each Book of the Bible is 32 audio tapes starting with AV 21-1 or 17 video tapes starting with V-21.)

Rescript:  †Most Reverend Joseph R. Binzer, Auxiliary Bishop, Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, August 8, 2013

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