2 June, Tuesday — God and Mammon

Tuesday of Week 9 in Ordinary Time

2 Peter 3:11-15,17-18
Mark 12:13-17

Give back to Caesar what belongs to Caesar – and to God what belongs to God

It seems to be a badge of honour amongst my friends to proudly announce how hard they work. This is especially so in this period of working from home, where the boundary between work and home is blurred. It is very clear to see how much work has consumed each part of our lives, that we often forget that the human person is not designed solely for work.

In today’s first reading, St Peter reminds us that we should not be “carried away by the errors of unprincipled people.” Indeed the ways of the working world may emphasise to us the need to be productive and to continually work hard. This is definitely not what we are designed for. Work is meant to be sanctified with prayer — our work is supposed to be a witness to the world on what it means to be a Christian. This is why Jesus reminds us in today’s Gospel about the importance of knowing where our priorities lay, and to accord the necessary effort accordingly.

It is very difficult for us to adhere to this distinction, especially because God is invisible. But I ask that each of you reading this reflection, pause and reflect on the phrase that every employer reminds us that “Nobody is indispensable.” God, on the other hand, created you in His very own image and likeness. He cares for each one of you and desires that you love Him wholeheartedly.

For those in Singapore, today marks the first phase of the easing of the circuit breaker measures. There might be some of us who are returning to the routine of work, which involves the commute and interaction with our colleagues in the work environment. Let us ask God to grant us the wisdom to draw the line between work and our own personal time with God.

(Today’s Oxygen by Nicholas Chia)

Prayer: Heavenly Father, I pray for the health of everyone present.

Thanksgiving: We give thanks for all who are at the frontline of battling the COVID-19 crisis.

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