February 26, 2011

8th Sunday - A

Matthew 6: 24-34

What drives us?

Jesus says to his disciples, "You cannot serve God and mammon."

So who/what is mammon? It is commonly understood as wealth or possessions. However, its root in Hebrew and Aramaic (the language Jesus most likely used) refers to whatever "in which [a person] places trust." [1]

In the context of Jesus' words here, mammon seemingly refers to what negatively occupies, drives, and energizes our mind, heart and action, not just material possessions and wealth.

So, is there anything or anybody in my life that drives my feeling, thoughts and action other than God?

[1] Daniel Harrington, SJ. The Gospel of Matthew, Sacra Pagina Series. Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 1991; p. 101.

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