How many of us like to go to buffets? Buffets are great because we have so many choices. In our lives, we also have many choices to make on a daily basis. As a people of faith, we know that we must choose to follow Jesus so that we may enter heaven.
In the Gospel, Jesus teaches us to reply on God for all we need rather than to trust in material things. Jesus challenges us today to let everything go and to Hope in the Lord. So we are able to hope let us always trust that the lord will be there for us. We hear about the birds of the air and the flowers and how they don’t spend any time worrying for they know that everything will be provided for them. Perhaps we can think about our pets and how much they rely on us. They do not have a single worry and are always able to enjoy what it is that they are provided with. Let us always seek to trust in the Lord and know that He will be there each and every day of our lives. Difficult yes but we are called to faithful in the Lord. We also are called to faithful in our relationship with one another such as in marriage life, and in friendships. We are called faithful to our responsibility at home, at work, in our city, and with our Church.
In Second reading, St Paul continues his teaching on the need for unity within the Church of Corinth. This unity is based on all of them being stewards of the “Mystery of God”. For Paul to be faithful disciple is to be a trust worthy servant. God tenderly loves the world and God’s people. God knew His people needed direction. Each of us has a story and it is important to understand that the Lord is there and a part of it. In the tough times we need hope and the Lord will always be there to help us along.
Today is last Sunday before Ash Wednesday and Lent begins. This Sunday’s Gospel provides us with a wonderful image of God, who cares for us as a loving father. Jesus shows us God’s love, mercy, and forgiveness, and redemption as he teaches us to be faithful to God above all others. This is the time to call upon the Lord and plead for the grace to approach him in the Sacrament of Penance, confess our sins and be set free. We have come here today inspired by hope. We always have the certain hope that Christ will come in His mercy and kindness. If we fail to follow him in this life, we will be unable to follow him into glory. The choice is ours.