Sunday August 8

Gospel of Matthew 6:25-34

Do not worry about tomorrow: God knows your needs

Jesus said to his disciples: ‘I am telling you not to worry about your life and what you are to eat, nor about your body and how you are to clothe it. Surely life means more than food, and the body more than clothing! Look at the birds in the sky. They do not sow or reap or gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not worth much more than they are? Can any of you, by worrying, add one single cubit to your span of life? And why worry about clothing? Think of the flowers growing in the fields; they never have to work or spin; yet I assure you that not even Solomon in all his regalia was robed like one of these. Now if that is how God clothes the grass in the field which is there today and thrown into the furnace tomorrow, will God not much more look after you, you people of little faith? So do not worry; do not say, “What are we to eat? What are we to drink? How are we to be clothed?” It is the pagans who set their hearts on all these things. Your heavenly Father knows you need them all. Set your hearts on God’s kingdom first, and on God’s righteousness, and all these other things will be given you as well. So do not worry about tomorrow: tomorrow will take care of itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.’

Set your hearts on God’s kingdom first says Jesus, and then with delightful creativity, he shows us how.

How do I become present to God’s kingdom?

Jesus invites me to enter into the present moment. His teaching seems counter cultural to my world. He invites me to simply take notice of creation, rather that try harder and harder to master living well.

So for my prayer, I choose to follow his teaching….

I look at the birds in the sky

Contemplate the flowers growing in the fields.

What do I notice?

What do I notice happening interiorly? How am I feeling? 

What have I learned about God’s kingdom and my heart?

I pray that I can be present to creation and others around me 

I pray for peace in our  beautiful but troubled world where so many feel anxious.

Creation is intense with divinity. We can find God in all things.

There is nothing outside God and nothing neutral in the divine. Its natural state is creativity, its urgency is to renew. (John O’Donohue – The Priestliness of the Human Heart)

How amazing it is to think that we are made in the image and likeness of this divine creativity. 

To be spiritual is to embrace this and be at one with this new dimension of God. 

Today we celebrate St. Mary McKillop’s Feast Day – Australia’s first Saint -Saint Mary of the Cross

When reflecting on her Institute – the Sisters of St Joseph that she founded, she said ‘Don’t be troubled about the future of the Institute; I am not. He whose work it is will take care of it.’

Can you hear how she reflects Jesus teaching in this Gospel?

We ask St Mary of the Cross to pray for us as we choose to follow this way too, to let go of anxiety and become present to all around me through Jesus eyes.