Today’s gospel continues the Sermon on the Mount, in which Jesus undeniably challenges us with quite radical demands. So Jesus warns us that His way leaves no room for fence straddlers or those inclined to compromise.
We who live in a world unrivaled in history for trying to elicit in us a desire for happiness from material possessions and temporary pleasure, are asked not to be so distracted, but rather to always keep focused on the Lord who demands that we love Him before all else. Why must we always place Him at the center of our being?
As His Spirit, speaking through the prophet Isaiah tries to explain, the extent of His love for us is unmatched! “Can a mother forget her infant, be without tenderness for the child of her womb? Even should she forget I will never forget you.”(IS 49: 14-15) And as Jesus himself said to his disciples: “No one can serve two masters. He will either hate one and love the other, or be devoted to one and despise the other…” (MT 6:24)
Reflect on this today while we pray the Responsorial Psalm: “Only in God is my soul at rest…, …from him comes my hope…, …Trust in him at all times, …Pour out your hearts before him.”