8th Sunday in Ordinary Time: Mt 6:24-34
24 “No one can be a slave of two masters: he will hate one and love the other; he will be loyal to one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.
25 This is why I tell you not to be worried about the food and drink you need in order to stay alive, or about clothes for your body. After all, isn’t life worth more than food? And isn’t the body worth more than clothes?
26 Look at the birds: they do not sow seeds, gather a harvest and put it in barns; yet your Father in heaven takes care of them! Aren’t you worth much more than birds?
27 Can any of you live a bit longer by worrying about it?
28 And why worry about clothes? Look how the wild flowers grow: they do not work or make clothes for themselves.
29 But I tell you that not even King Solomon with all his wealth had clothes as beautiful as one of these flowers.
30 It is God who clothes the wild grass – grass that is here today and gone tomorrow, burnt up in the oven. Won’t he be all the more sure to clothe you? How little faith you have!
31 So do not start worrying: ‘Where will my food come from? Or my drink? Or my clothes?’
32 These are the things the pagans are always concerned about.) Your Father in heaven knows that you need all these things.
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