My dear sisters and brothers


Today’s reading bring a very comforting message.


We have been revisiting the great sermon of Jesus on the mount, in Galilee.


- Three Sundays ago we heard Jesus speak of the Beatitudes and how we are to be light and salt for the world. 

- Two Sundays we heard a very challenging message based on the commandments. And Jesus insisted that we must “cut off” whatever in our lives lead us to sin.

- Last Sunday Jesus insisted in loving neighbor, and most especially loving our enemies.


It almost seems that that sermon of the mount took off so smoothly with the beatitudes. But as soon as Jesus finished with them bam bam bam: challenge after challenge after challenge.


Today’s part of the sermon, while not being the conclusion of it, seems to have a soft landing. 


In few words, the Lord is reminding us: count your blessings.


Look at the birds, look at the grass (you will look at the grass), look at the flowers. God provides. 

And this is so true.


The Lord is insisting that we must not get anxious about things. Instead count your blessings.


If the Lord so provides for nature to grow on its own, so will the Lord provide for our every need.


Do not worry, he says, for what you are to eat, wear or drink. Do not worry about tomorrow, he insists.

Tomorrow will take care of itself. This is very true.


I find the first reading even more comforting.


Zion said, “The LORD has forsaken me;

my LORD has forgotten me.”

Can a mother forget her infant,

be without tenderness for the child of her womb?

Even should she forget, I will never forget you.”


The promise of the Lord is that He will be with us always.


I am sure we all have experienced times of desolation.


Perhaps you are going through one right now. And you may say to yourself: “The Lord has forsaken me.”


And please do not feel bad even if in your prayer you say this. These are true feelings. And feelings are not right or wrong.


Be consoled by the fact that Jesus himself said these words at the cross: My God, my God why have you forsaken me?


Zion said, “The LORD has forsaken me;

my LORD has forgotten me.”


But the Lord immediately replies, using the voice of prophet Isaiah: I will never forsake you! Never!


Now, in return, in the Gospel, the Lord ask of us an undivided heart.

That’s why Jesus begins by saying:


No one can serve two masters.

He will either hate one and love the other,

or be devoted to one and despise the other.

You cannot serve God and mammon (money).


This is so true. 


When we put something less than a god, in the pedestal that belongs only to God, we commit spiritual adultery and therefore have a divided heart.


Jesus doesn’t want us to have a divided heart. If we are going to love God, we must love him with all our heart and mind and strength.


May I ask. What are my idols? We all have idols

Things that are less than God but that we hold as almost sacred. What are my idols?


Jesus insists that once we have our heart totally fixed in God, then everything falls into place.


This is so very true.


When God is the center of everything I do, and who I am

all the pieces of the puzzle fall into place, and therefore we stop worrying about material things because we have our eyes fixed in greater ones.


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Please remember, an undivided heart is the response to God’s unconditional love.


As you go home today, count your blessings.

See how much the Lord loves you and all the ways in which he shows his love for you.


And in turn give him your heart, your entire undivided being as an offering.

Count your blessings


Even if everybody seem to abandon you, the Lord will never abandon you.


Such is the God in whom we believe.















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AuthorFr. Jose Cabrera