The Good News for the Day, June 24, 2017
Saturday of the Eleventh Week of Ordinary Time (389)
Jesus says to friends and followers: “Nobody can serve two masters. He will either do disservice to one of them and like the other one—or be devoted to one and look down on the other. You just cannot serve God and a god of wealth. “So, here I am telling you, don’t be so anxious about living well—what you are going to eat or drink—or about your body—what you are going to put on. Isn’t living more than food and the body more than what it wears? See birds in the sky. They don’t sow seed or reap it, gather nothing into barns. Your heavenly Father, though, feeds them. Aren’t you more important than they are? Can any of you by over-concern add a single bit to your lifetime? Why be so concerned about clothing? Learn from the way the flowers flourish in the field. They don’t work or spin. No, I am telling you that not even Solomon in all his significance was as splendid as one of them. If God clothes the plants of the field like this—which grows today and is thrown into the fire pit tomorrow—won’t He much more provide for you—you with such little faith? So, don’t worry about, ‘What are we going to eat?’ or ‘What are we going to drink?’ or ‘What are we going to wear?’ All these things are what “others” are concerned about. Your Father in the realm of what’s right knows you need them all. No, seek first the realm of God’s goodness, and his way to do things right—and all these things will be given you besides. Don’t worry about tomorrow; tomorrow will take care of itself. Sufficient for each day are the things that go awry then.” (Matthew 6)
Here is a complicated, impossible message. What is the Good News here—to quit working, quit eating and forget about what clothes to wears? Of course not! Once again, it is important to reflect on the practical spirit of the Message—not be diverted by impossibles. Hold onto the spirit of tranquility—not anxiety. Have peace of heart—not shallowness of impressing others. Weigh the importance of choices—serving others, and not thinking of your own ego–which can be a cruel master; Think about helping others, as the Father cares for the birds. There it is—the point! Be like Your Father. In caring for others, you will be loved—and cared for.