Gospel: Mt 6:24-34
No one can serve two masters; for he will either hate one and love the other; or he will be loyal to the first and look down on the second. You cannot, at the same time, serve God and money.
Therefore, I tell you, not to be worried about food and drink for yourself, or about clothes for your body. Is not life more important than food; and is not the body more important than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow, they do not harvest, and do not store food in barns; and yet, your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not less worthy than they are?
Can any of you add a day to your life by worrying about it? Why are you so worried about your clothes? Look at how the flowers in the fields grow. They do not toil or spin. But I tell you, that not even Solomon, in all his glory, was clothed like one of these. If God so clothes the grass in the field, which blooms today and is to be burned in an oven tomorrow, how much more will he clothe you? What little faith you have!
Do not worry, and say: What are we going to eat? What are we going to drink? or: What shall we wear? The pagans busy themselves with such things; but your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. Set your heart, first, on the kingdom and righteousness of God; and all these things will also be given to you. Do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.
The dictionaries tell us that our English word worry comes from the German wurgen, which means: to choke. In this connection we are reminded of Jesus’ parable of the Sower, in which he tells us that the seed sown among thorns is the one who hears the word, but then worldly anxiety (i.e. worry) chokes the word and it bears no fruit (Mt 13:22).
That is the problem about worry: it chokes not only our psychological lives and prevents us from enjoying life, but more importantly it chokes our spiritual life because, if we are worrying, it is basically because we are fixated on our problems and this chokes our life of faith: we give such a large place for our problems that we simply forget God. And this is indeed a tragedy because, as Jesus assures us in today’s gospel reading, God is the solution to all our problems. If indeed he takes care of feeding the birds and of clothing the flowers, how much more will he take care of feeding and clothing us, his beloved children.
Look at your face in a mirror. How many lines in it are caused by worry? Let us relax and trust God for a change.
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