June 18, 2022

Our Lord reminds us that we worry too much in the Sermon on the Mount. This is because we fail to place our trust in the correct source. Most of us are competent people, and experience has told us that we can handle most situations well enough. This creates complacency in us, and we forget to seek God’s guidance in our lives. Our self-reliance is fine, sufficient until we trust ourselves more than we trust God, but what happens when we cannot control something? We worry. Instead of trusting God’s providence, we spiral into worry and anxiety. For some, worry and anxiety become a way of life that makes us withdraw from the world, a detriment to a full life in the light of Christ. This is not the way it is meant to be.

What would worrying ever give us? Would it help us receive Wisdom, Understanding, Counsel, Fortitude, Knowledge, Piety, or Awe? Would worrying help us grow in Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Faithfulness, Gentleness, or Self-Control? No, I am confident that the answer is no.

“Can any of you by worrying add a single moment to your life-span?” (Matthew 6:27)

Worrying is precisely what happens when we do not surrender to God’s will for us. Let us remember that life is not all about us. We need to learn to be God-reliant. That does not mean we do not do what is required; we always owe our due diligence, which we are called to provide in the light of our faith, in the fullness of our hope, and for the love of God and neighbor.

Our Lord is kind and merciful, faithful and caring. Let us discern his guidance and trust in him. Let us remain faithful to God, who loves us.


Lord, you are kind and merciful. Please take care of us, your people. Provide us with guidance, and help us live according to your will so that your peace may be with us. Amen.


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About Rick Hernandez

Rick is an Associate of the Blessed Sacrament at Saint Vincent dePaul Church in Holiday, Florida.