The good news for the day February 26, 2017

Sunday of the Seventh Week in Ordinary Time (79)

Jesus says to his disciples: “Nobody can work for two bosses at the same time. He will either disdain one and choose to be dedicated to the other, or be very devoted to one of them and not care about the other. You cannot serve God and chase after money; I am telling you—don’t fuss about your living—what you are going to eat or drink, or about your body, what you will put on. Isn’t living more than food—the body more than what you wear? Look—the birds in the sky; they neither sow nor reap, they harvest nothing into barns. Your heavenly Father feeds them. Aren’t you more significant than they are? Can any of you—by worrying—add a single second to your life-span? Why be anxious about clothes? Learn from how wild flowers grow. They don’t work or spin. But I tell you that not even Solomon in all his grandeur wore clothes like theirs. If God dresses plants in the fields, which grow today and get thrown into the oven tomorrow, won’t He provide much more for you. Your faith is so frail? So! Don’t worry, saying, ‘What are we going to eat?’ or ‘What are we going to drink?’ or ‘What are we to put on our bodies?’ All these things are what others are concerned about. Your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. Seek first the Realm of what is Right, and his determination to straighten things out—and all these things will be given you besides. Do not fret about tomorrow; tomorrow will take care of itself.  Sufficient for a day is its own challenge.” (Matthew 6)

What is the real point—the Good News? It is not to stop worrying—but to notice that some things really are on a different plane—in different spheres or realms of life. Forgiveness is different from a meal. Choosing to care is different from choosing which pants to wear. Understanding and peace-making are different from tomorrow’s schedule.

You belong to a realm of good values, where these other things are just less important. You cannot serve two bosses, you know that. If you truly care about others—what you may think are your needs—pale to less significance. If you live for others—aware of creation, aware of equality and people in need, and of suffering folks—you are glad to neglect less important things! You choose to neglect the god of wealth—for the Real Boss—the One Who Cares.

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