Sunday, March 2, 2014

8th Sunday Ordinary Time - Matthew 6: 24-34 - "Sufficient for a day . . ."

We spend a lot of time worrying.  The world is a complex place and there are so many things going on both locally and globally that we find worrying is a full time job. 
  • How much snow will we get?
  • Do I have enough eggs, milk and bread to survive the storm?
  • What’s the best time to get to the grocery before all those others?
  • Do I have batteries? Enough salt? Gas for the snow-blower?

And while we’re waiting on that long line to purchase our survival ingredients for making French Toast, we can take a moment to reflect on the escalating situation in the Ukraine or the riots in Venezuela.  Or maybe its strife within our own borders that occupy our thoughts, the healthcare mess, our legislative meltdown or the injustice of economic inequality.  No matter which way we turn there is always something to worry about.

Now we hear Jesus telling us not to worry.  God will provide. 
“Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness and all things will be given you. Do not worry about tomorrow, tomorrow will take care of itself.” 
Does that mean when I get up Monday morning, as the snow piles up in my yard, that the Lord will have placed those eggs, milk and bread in my larder, so I can enjoy a hearty breakfast or will there be just that lonely can of chickpeas, some stale saltines and the empty container of OJ I left there yesterday?

Our lives are a matter of priorities.  What is really important, what matters not so much and what in our lives is ‘Much ado about nothing.”  How do we occupy our time, energies and thoughts?  Do our worldly worries take precedence or do we really place God above all things and let the other ‘stuff’ fall into place in proper perspective?

All thing point to the primacy of God in our lives.  He tell us, ‘I am your God, you are my people.’  In his covenant with his chosen people, the commandments handed to Moses, begins with,

 ‘I am the Lord, your God. You will have no other gods before me.’

 And now Jesus says,

‘Seek first the kingdom of God.’ 

How can we not understand the proper place of God in our lives?  How can we let the worries of this world seem more important than our worship and praise of God, our Father, our creator and provider?

We are stewards of this world and all that God provides.  It is in His name that we live.  It is His will that we obey.  It is His love we seek.  Do not lose sight of the priorities in His gift of this life.  The latest fashions, the newest must-watch entertainment, the hottest gossip, the rising career path, the up-to-the-minute trending topics and technologies – whatever it is that occupies our attention – should not take away from our seeking God above all things.

In seeking God and living in his love, we love one another as He loves us.  We care for one another as He cares for us.  We seek His love, in our love for our neighbor and live in His love, as we live in His peace and His justice with one another. 

Our God is a God of people, not a god of things.  He alone knows and provides the good things we need in our lives.  Trust in the Lord.  Fear not, for He is with us. ~Amen


Deacon Don Ron

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