Worrying can turn into a full-time profession. All of us have worries, no doubt. Yet, if we’re not attentive to ourselves and what we choose to think about, our worries can quickly multiply. Worries can pile up as quickly as blocks in a Tetris game. If we’re not careful, we can find something to worry about amid every situation. Worrying can even become obsessive. Our worries can become debilitating and rob us of the beauty and joy of the present moment. To all of this, Jesus wisely asks, “Can any of you by worrying add a single moment to your life span?” His words are like a breath of fresh air.
In fact, in today’s gospel, Jesus gives a master class in letting go of our worries and finding peace in the here and now. He touches upon so many of the things that we worry about: food, clothing, shelter. He even identifies some of our vanities and obsessions with external validation, status, and wealth. All of these can fill our lives with anxieties, worries, and distractions. Moreover, Jesus knows that in the end, they don’t fulfill us. They distract and take us away from what is essential: the kingdom of God. And that kingdom is closer than we might think. Here Jesus draws from the natural world to illustrate his point, the “birds of the sky” and the “grass of the field.” All of which God nurtures and sustains from moment to moment. All of which, we might add, uses only what they need; then, there is enough for everyone.
Can you stop and listen to the birds as they sing their delightful songs early in the morning? Can you marvel at the vitality of every blade of grass, growing and growing? Can you set aside your worries for a moment and take in the wonder of the world around you? God’s peace and joy are available to you right now if you are open to it. “Taste and see the goodness of the Lord.”
Let Us Pray:
Loving God, you who send your Holy Spirit to quell our worried minds, help us be attentive to the present moment, to experience your joy and peace, and to recognize how we can help others in the here and now. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.
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