“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.” – From today’s Gospel Matthew 6:24-34
It’s hard not to worry isn’t it? Especially in this economic climate. I know more people out of work than I ever have in my whole life! I’m from an era when if you didn’t like your job, you walked down the street and found another. It was that easy.
Now people my age, who have lost their jobs can’t get hired. Years of experience don’t seem to mean anything.
One of my husband’s former colleagues has been out of work for almost two years. When he finally got a job it was for $14 an hour. Yep, you read that right. And to add insult to injury, he has a Ph.D.! He took the job because the insurance was very good and paying $800 a month out of pocket for he and his wife was another vacuum on their finances.
If you or someone you know is out of work, I hope the following excerpt I found from an essay by Fr. Bede Jarrett, O.P. in today’s Magnificat brings you some comfort:
Whatever happens to us through God’s will is always the best possible thing for us. God is not only good, very good, supremely good, but the only good. Therefore his will is and must be always the best for us …
So we see that all circumstances, however adverse they seem to be to us, are always favorable to God’s plan, always, always, as to the blind man, the best thing for us.
His hands are strong and powerful hands and we can confidently rest there. Can we not sometimes see in the hands of a clever artist, or surgeon, the strength and deftness expressive of the mind that directs their action? But with God, they are not only the hands of power, and not only the hands of wisdom, but of love, and it is only when we leave all things in his hands that we find complete serenity; and then a great peace shall come into our souls.