8th Sunday

Is 49: 14-15; I Cor 4: 1-5; Mt 6: 24-34

Dear friends! People experience the betrayal of trust in many ways, even sometimes by someone close to us.  We trust a friend with a secret and the friend tells it to someone. We trust a son or daughter, and we discover that he or she is unworthy of that trust. We trust a loved one, and we discover that the loved one is cheating on us. People who have gone through the betrayal of trust often come up with a question, “Can I really trust anyone in life?’

What can we do when we find ourselves in this situation? The answer is found in today’s Scripture readings. They remind us that there is still someone whom we can trust. And that someone is God. In today’s first reading, the prophet Isaiah says that “Can a mother forget her infant, be without tenderness for the child of her womb? Even should she forget, I will never forget you.”  This is one of the most touching expressions of God’s love in the Bible. We can always trust God. He is always faithful.

And in the Gospel reading, Jesus assures us that the God who shows such providential concern for nature is even more concerned about us. He will never let us down. He is someone we can always trust, no matter what.

Jesus tells us to avoid unnecessary worries. Worry is a pagan or an irreligious attitude of those who don’t believe in a loving and providing God. In nature, other creatures, like birds, work hard for their daily food, but they don’t worry about tomorrows. Worry is useless because we cannot increase even an inch of height by days of worrying. Worry is injurious to the health causing physical and mental problems and illnesses.

Therefore Jesus is asking us to do our daily tasks serenely and not to worry uselessly about what happened yesterday or what may happen tomorrow. Here, Jesus is not advocating a shiftless, reckless, thoughtless attitude to life. Rather, He is forbidding a care-worn, worried fear, which takes the joy out of life. But He wants us to make good use of our human resourcefulness and to plan our lives in a responsible manner. Jesus also teaches that we should strive first for the kingdom of God in our life, for God to rule our life, and then all these things shall be given us. What is important is to live well today, doing God’s will, realizing His presence with us, within us and within every one we meet.

“For ev’ry pain we must bear, For ev’ry burden, ev’ry care, There’s a reason.

“For ev’ry grief that bows the head, For ev’ry teardrop that is shed, There’s a reason.

“For ev’ry hurt, for ev’ry plight, for ev’ry lonely, pain-racked night, There’s a reason.

“But if we trust God, as we should, It will turn out for our good. He knows the reason.” (Unknown author)

Therefore let our prayer this weekend be: Lord, teach us to trust the way Jesus urged his followers to trust you in today’s gospel. Lord, help us to trust you the way Mary did when the angel told her she would bear a son, even though she was a virgin. Lord, help us trust you the way Jesus did when he prayed on the cross, “Father! In your hands I place my spirit!”