Priorities. Living a good life means choosing the right priorities. What is important to you? What activities matter to you? What people matter to you? What choices do you make about how you live your life? What choices do you make about which people get your time, your care, your concern? Today’s gospel especially focusses on priorities and making those choices that matter for ultimate and eternal happiness.
Seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness. This line of the gospel makes it clear. If your vocation is married life, then you seek the Kingdom of God in a way that makes you the best father, the best husband, the best mother, the best wife. You make decisions based upon bringing yourself and those around you to Jesus. You recognize that nothing is more important than living your life for Christ.
This is really what life is all about. Yet, how often do we seek other things? How often do we seek Netflix, or social media, or games? How often do we first seek job and career success, money, success and wealth? How often do we seek to satisfy sexual desires, not as intended by God, but in pornography? How often do we seek security for our family by working so hard we never see them? How often is our quest first our smart phone, and not the people we find ourselves with?
Seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness. As we stand on the cusp of Lent, this is a good time to think about priorities. This is a good time to consider exactly what is important. This is the time when we ask ourselves if we are seeking God and his kingdom first, which causes us to value all of the right people and goals, or whether we allow ourselves to seek something far less.