My Dear St. Bernadette Family,
What a great and too often ignored teaching from Jesus about worrying in today ’s gospel. Worrying simply doesn’t help. It neither adds to our life span nor solves our problems. It is interesting that this teaching follows immediately the one on serving two masters. Money (or what it buys) causes us so very much worry.
It’s not that we don’t need money, after all we have bills to pay, but the worry only leads us to act inappropriately. So what is the wisdom here? This passage along with the first reading from Isaiah, remind us that God is with us, on our side and has shown us the path of life. Keeping God at the center of all our days, decisions and actions assures us of the very best outcome.
Paul teaches us today that we are “stewards of the mysteries of God.” There is so much help that God has given to us in the form of revelation, teachings, community and love. With these tools, we can overcome our tendency to worry and act in a way that reflects good stewardship of our time, talent and treasure. This is the path the Lord teaches us to follow. We may not grow exceedingly wealthy because of this, but we will not lose sleep in worry and we will do the very best we can. Our needs will be less, our worries fewer and the happiness (blessings) promised to the “Poor of Spirit” will be ours.