(Matthew 6:24-34) “No worries” is a phrase that has become incredibly common in some parts of world. I’d be willing to bet that every culture has a similar expression. Let’s face it – we humans like to worry. Even though we know it’s senseless, we continue to fret about all manner of things, both big and small. Worry wastes our time, zaps our energy, and steals our peace.
This is precisely why Jesus tells us in this week’s Gospel, “Do not be anxious about your life, what you shall eat or what you shall drink, nor about your body, what you shall put on” (Matt 6:25). It’s not that we don’t need to think about these things, but we often place too much importance on them. So much of our time and energy is taken up with day-to-day concerns that we mistake them for the substance of our lives.
God has something far greater in mind for us. The things of this earth will pass away, but God is forever and He has destined us to live with Him forever. We mustn’t forget that we are made up of body and soul. If we feed the body, but neglect the soul, where does that leave us for eternity?
On Wednesday, we begin the season of Lent, a wonderful opportunity to evaluate and reorder our lives, to see where and how we spend our time and energy. God knows what we need and will never forget us. He is our Heavenly Father who cares for us infinitely more than the birds of the air or the flowers of the field. What shall we eat and drink? The Lord gives us His very self in the sacrament of the Eucharist. What will we wear? More than anything, He desires to clothe us with glory and immortality. Sounds like God has it all under control… No worries!
– Kelley Holy