June 23, 2018

“Seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness…” Jesus began this injunction by telling us not to worry about what we are to eat or drink, or what we are to wear. It is so easy to worry about material things and ignore that righteousness that comes only from God. Jesus wants us to get our priorities straight. If we spent as much time concerning ourselves with things of the spirit, we would be great saints for the simple reason that it is what we consider important that will determine the course of our commitments and of our efforts.

The responsorial psalm reinforces the single-mindedness that we should have. It tells us that God will never forsake his covenant relationship with us, no matter how wavering we are in our commitment: “Yet my mercy I will not take from him, nor will I belie my faithfulness.” Verse 22, immediately before our passage speaks of having a “healthy eye.” The King James translation urges us to have “a single eye.” That seems to capture the necessity of focusing on only one thing, otherwise our vision will be blurred. In the same way focusing on seeking the kingdom of God will give us the perspective to see the rest of life in its proper perspective. This allows us to rest in peace, in the knowledge that God will see to all our needs.

How deep is my trust in God?

Let Us Pray:

O loving God, grant that I may always seek you in all things and above all things. You have made me one of your beloved children. May I always seek first your righteousness comforted by the knowledge that you will concern yourself with all else that I need.


Daily Eucharistic Reflection – Center for Eucharistic Evangelizing (eucharisticevangelizing.com)


About Paul J. Bernier, SSS

Blessed Sacrament Father Paul J. Bernier served for many years as the editor of Emmanuel. He is a popular writer, preacher, and director of retreats. Among his many published works is Ministry in the Church: A Historical and Pastoral Approach, Second Edition, published by Orbis Books in 2015. His most recent book is A Eucharistic Spirituality: Inspired by Saint Peter Julian Eymard – Apostle of the Eucharist, which he co-authored with Jim Brown.