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8th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted by Fr. Matt on February 28, 2014 at 12:40 PM

Fr. Matt’s Corner: … Even should she forget

          Blessings to all of you, my dear friends in Christ. Ready or not, Lent is right around the corner (Oh, if only we could say the same about milder temperatures), and it’s time to get our foreheads smudged this Wednesday. Lent is a time in which we especially strive to seek first the Kingdom of God – it’s a time to reorient, strengthen, and reprioritize our lives.

          Practically speaking, we do this through those 3 Lenten practices proposed to us by Mother Church: fasting, prayer, and almsgiving. We fast in order to pray; we pray in order to become more charitable; we become charitable in order to share more fully in the life of God. Fasting makes us remember our need for God; prayer enables us to encounter and receive the infinite love of God for us; almsgiving allows us to become instruments of God’s love for others. It’s all about growing in Holy Communion with God – trusting Him in all circumstances with everything.

          Five times in today’s pericope from Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount, He instructs us not to worry or to be anxious about the things of this world. Only in God is my soul at rest; from Him comes my salvation. Seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be given you besides. Too often though, we worry with great anxiety about secondary questions: ‘When will the next paycheck come?’ or ‘What are we to eat?’ or ‘What are we to drink?’ or ‘What are we to wear?’ or all the other things that the pagans seek. The real question for us is: Do I personally know God? Do I truly trust Him? If so, then we would know that Your heavenly Father knows that you need all those other things that we might be worried or anxious about.

          Perhaps the best example of this deep abiding trust is the natural trust of an infant for his mother. Why not worry? Why not be anxious? There is one very good reason – that we are His children. Can a mother forget her infant, be without tenderness for the child of her womb? It seems almost inconceivable that she might; but Even should she forget, I will never forget you, says the Lord.

          Peace to all of you, my friends, this Holy Day, and to all who love the Lord in simplicity of heart, and may you have a blessed and holy Lent!

Fr. Matt

 

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