Posted by: livingscripture | February 26, 2017

Eighth Sunday of Ordinary Time

 

 

WORD of the DAY

Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life…

(Matthew 6: 25)

 

How shall I live this Word?bambina con fiori

Jesus insistently repeats: “Do not worry…”!  Do not continually rush ahead with anxiety to foresee, to capture the future, because today alone is God’s gift.  Do not occupy your heart, do not fill it with things that take space away from the Word of God, the only thing that has the power to make us perceive the maternal and paternal Presence of the Father.  Learn to put your life in God’s hands and take the road of abandonment that becomes nourishment, protection, trust.  It is believing that we will know how to face tomorrow in the measure in which we have lived today in fullness and trust, carrying its burdens.  Life is always a gift, and the gift of today, if lived in the awareness that it is a gift, will give us, even though we do not realize it, the strength for tomorrow.  Each day is sufficient to itself.  Therefore, “Do not worry about tomorrow; tomorrow will take care of itself. Sufficient for a day is its own evil”. (Mt. 6: 34)

Lord, help me to give You credit, to trust You!

The voice of Fr. Raniero Cantalamessa, Prayer for World Day of Protecting Creation

“Jesus tells us not to worry about tomorrow and the world protests, how can we not be preoccupied?  Jesus is not addressing these words to everyone indiscriminately but to those who are called to a radical following, to be His collaborators in preaching the Kingdom the same as He did…who did not have a place to lay His head.  He speaks to those who confide in the Providence of the Heavenly Father so much as to not think of tomorrow.  He assures us, and the centuries have proved this true, that all that is necessary comes, although sometimes at the last minute.

Those words of Jesus speak to all of us today.  They say not to be preoccupied about your tomorrow but about the tomorrows of those who will come after you!  We need to ask ourselves, “what will they drink…what will they eat…what will they be clothed in…our children, the future inhabitants of this planet?”

 

 

 

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