November 5, 2020
Dear Family of Mary!
Today is Thursday! It is a special day for Our Lady. One of the reasons why it is special is because she asked us to something unusual on every Thursday:
Thursday, March 1, 1984 (To Jelena)
“Each Thursday, read again the passage of Matthew 6: 24-34, before the most Blessed Sacrament, or if it is not possible to come to church, do it with your family.”
It seems to me that this passage from Matthew’s Gospel must be pretty important, for Our Lady to recommend that we read it every Thursday! As far as I know it is the only Gospel passage she has recommended in this way!
But I find that Our Lord’s words in this passage are essential as a defense against the temptations of the world, especially in our time. How easy it is for us to get caught up in the things of this world! With the internet and social media, we can become almost enslaved to the worries, desires, and anxieties of society.
Our Lady warned us of being attached to the earth and to earthly things in this message:
May 25, 2012 “Dear children! Also today I call you to conversion and to holiness. God desires to give you joy and peace through prayer but you, little children, are still far away – attached to the earth and to earthly things. Therefore, I call you anew: open your heart and your sight towards God and the things of God – and joy and peace will come to reign in your hearts. Thank you for having responded to my call.”
Open your heart and your sight towards God and the things of God! This is the answer to the temptations and anxieties of the world. Open our hearts in prayer and love for God and open our eyes to His presence, and we will fall in love with the things of God, which have nothing to do with the world because they so far surpass the world in every way.
So here is Matthew 6: 24-34! Read it, and pray it today and every Thursday, or even every day!! It is a heavenly tonic to dispel all the fears and anxieties, the earthly things that can so overwhelm us.
Matthew 6: 24-34:
“No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon.
“Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you shall eat or what you shall drink, nor about your body, what you shall put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing?
Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?
And which of you by being anxious can add one cubit to his span of life?
And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they neither toil nor spin; yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O men of little faith?
Therefore do not be anxious, saying, `What shall we eat?’ or `What shall we drink?’ or `What shall we wear?’ For the Gentiles seek all these things; and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all.
But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things shall be yours as well. “Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Let the day’s own trouble be sufficient for the day. (Mt 6:24-34)
In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!
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