Posted by: vftmom247 | 2014/03/02

Impulse : So do not worry! (Plus commentary)

Not an original post by me, totally . This is one of the Gospel passages that I have SUCH a love/hate relationship with. Because I hate letting go, even to God, so much. Because I think by worrying about something I can do something about a situation, when all I am doing is shortening my own life-span. Grrrrr! And then the Gospel and thus the Impulse reminds me. That ain’t the way God wants me to do things. He wants me to place the worries in His lap, and let Him provide. Not necessarily what I want, but what He knows I need.

Eighth Sunday of Ordinary Time

Gospel: Matthew 6:24-34

God and Money.

“No one can serve two masters. He will either hate one and love the other, or be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon.

Dependence on God.

“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat [or drink], or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds in the sky; they do not sow or reap, they gather nothing into barns, yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are not you more important than they? Can any of you by worrying add a single moment to your life-span? Why are you anxious about clothes? Learn from the way the wild flowers grow. They do not work or spin. But I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was clothed like one of them. If God so clothes the grass of the field, which grows today and is thrown into the oven tomorrow, will he not much more provide for you, O you of little faith? So do not worry and say, ‘What are we to eat?’ or ‘What are we to drink?’ or ‘What are we to wear?’ All these things the pagans seek. Your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. But seek first the kingdom (of God) and his righteousness,* and all these things will be given you besides. Do not worry about tomorrow; tomorrow will take care of itself. Sufficient for a day is its own evil.

Impulse:

So do not worry! (Mt 6:31)

We can’t extend our lives even one minute by worrying. By worrying, we can only shorten our life. We can get sick and therefore die sooner because of worrying too much. So it would be better if we would not worry so much. The expression (at least in the German translation of the Bible) is also interesting: Jesus says, ‘do not “make” worries’ (!)! You do not “have” worries, but you “make” them yourself. Rather than “making” things to worry about, we should have more trust in God, who knows all our problems and knows everything will lead to good.

So do not worry!

For example, if I’m in the car and’m late, then I start to get worried. I want to go faster and get annoyed with slow-moving cars in front of me. Worrying about all of this does not help me get any closer to my goal! Worrying does not change the situation. It would be better if I prayed, “Jesus, you know the situation. You know that I’ll be too late now. Please take everything in your hand now and make everything still go well! “With this kind of prayer, I let the worry go and put everything in God’s hands.

So do not worry!

Letting go is very important. We must learn to let go of everything and to trust in God. We must always do our part. For example, if a farmer does not sow, he can’t expect a harvest. But when we have done our part, we must trust in God. We should not worry about what we cannot influence.

So do not worry!

May this be a day of trust in God for us and for all people! Let’s all live in anticipation of His kingdom! And let’s infect others with the God-confidence that radiates from us!

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