Seek First the Kingdom of God

8th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Jesus tells us in our Gospel this week not to be anxious about food, clothing, or tomorrow.  There are so many things in life that we worry about…is it really that easy to just stop worrying?  We worry when we feel alone, but Jesus challenges us this Sunday to “seek first the kingdom of God.”  We are made, as humans, for deep, rich relationships.  When we seek a deep and rich relationship with God first (and then seek to honor the other relationships in our lives next), then all these things that used to cause us worry just won’t worry us anymore.

This Lent, don’t just give up chocolate or sweets, add something to your life in these amazing 40 days to bring you closer in your relationship with Jesus.

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Perfection vs. Perfection

7th Sunday in Ordinary Time

What does Jesus mean when He says, “Be perfect, just as your heavenly Father is perfect”?  The Greek word for perfect comes from the root word telos, meaning ‘end’.  The Greeks called something ‘perfect’, not because it was flawless, but if it fulfilled its end, if it did what it was made to do.  God, from all eternity, is a deep, rich, loving, giving relationship.  We humans are made in the image and likeness of God: we are made to have deep, rich, loving, giving relationships.  When other things get in the way of our relationships – our job, our hobbies, our selfish interests – we are imperfect.  When we put our relationships first – with God, our spouse, our kids, our families, our friends – even though we aren’t flawless, we can still be perfect.