Second Sunday before Lent 16-02-20

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Do Not Worry   Matthew 6. 25-34

Jesus looks at the great multitude of people around him. People of all ages, they are listening to him yet as he looks at them he could see worried faces. He then goes on to ask the people why you are all so worried. Some people worry a lot and others a bit. What then is worry? The Cambridge Dictionary defines worry as ‘to think about problems or unpleasant things that might happen in a way that makes you feel unhappy and frightened:’ This is a process that happens in the mind and that really affects our present mood and actions. Normally worry takes away the joy out of our lives. It is however important to be concerned and to be thoughtful but we do great injustice to ourselves when we worry. Jesus asks us to look at the flowers of the field. Soon we will be having a splash of colour all around. They are so glorious and brings such joy. Even a powerful king Solomon could not look so glorious. It is God who gives such Glory and gives life to his entire creation.

“Worrying is carrying tomorrow’s load with today’s strength- carrying two days at once. It is moving into tomorrow ahead of time. Worrying doesn’t empty tomorrow of its sorrow, it empties today of its strength” says Corrie Ten Boom.

Dalai Lama once said: If a problem is fixable, if a situation is such that you can do something about it, then there is no need to worry. If it’s not fixable, then there is no help in worrying. There is no benefit in worrying whatsoever.

Jesus draws our attention to God. Trust in God who is the provider. Have faith in God for your future. ‘There is nothing that wastes the body like worry, and one who has any faith in God should be ashamed to worry about anything whatsoever’

says Mahatma Gandhi.

Seek God’s kingdom and God’s righteousness and all these things will be added unto you. Jesus invites us for a life without fear or worry or anxiety. There cannot be a day without trouble – just handle the trouble of the present and do something about it with the help of God.