Feb. 26, 2017 - 8th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A
Saint Martin de Tours Catholic Church
We have a tendency to worry about silly things? So and so has a nicer car, a bigger house, a newer purse, finer jewelry, more money.
Worry and anxiety can affect the way we see and interact with others. Does so and so like me? Am I good enough or popular enough to sit at that table for lunch? Can I fit in with those people?
We worry that others might be critical. We get depressed and anxious over what others will think or say. We worry about our looks, our health, our finances, our children.
Jesus asks us why are we so anxious? We can answer him. We can go on and on, but Jesus already knows our answers.
And when we are challenged, our response often sounds something like this: I know it’s silly for me to be so worried about that.
Jesus says simply do not worry. Jesus wants us to be happy.
Well, maybe not happy. Jesus wants us to be content. Jesus wants us to be satisfied. If we spend all our time worrying we will never be satisfied.
The psalmist says let my soul be at rest with the Lord. Let my soul be satisfied with the Lord.
How do we move toward being at rest with the Lord? By moving away from worry and anxiety.
It’s one thing to say I will not worry about this or that. But it’s another thing altogether to quiet the voices in our heads, to sooth the queasiness in our stomachs, to calm our racing hearts.
What can we do to overcome all this worry and anxiety?
We can serve the Kingdom. Jesus says we cannot serve both God and mammon. Mammon, possessions, things, wealth, stuff. Stuff for us to be worried and anxious about.
We cannot serve worry and anxiety if we are serving the Kingdom.
So if we want the worry and anxiety to be gone, we must serve God alone. God who cares for us. God who provides for us. God who loves us. God who never forgets us.
How do we serve God alone? By putting God first in our daily lives. By making time daily for quiet reflection and prayer. By making time for church on Sunday, by using our God-given gifts and talents to build up the Kingdom.
As we draw nearer to Ash Wednesday and our forty days of Lent, we should take some time to think about how we are going to serve God and the Kingdom.
We often worry about silly things. If we’d be a bit more concerned about our relationship with God, then maybe there would be less worry and anxiety in our lives.