Reflections - February 26, 2017

“Do not worry about tomorrow; tomorrow will take care of itself.  Sufficient for a day is its own evil.”  Mt. 6:34.
 
If we look at our social environment we find there are some people that require great effort to say:  “I am happy, I don’t have any fears, I am free of insecurities about the present and the future?....... Why is this happening?
 
In today’s Gospel Jesus invites us to reflect on who we have placed our confidences.  We know that there are false offers of God’s enemy in the world that offer:  power, money, and corruption where people do not think or assume responsibilities.  “Such deceit of happiness enters into competition with the Absolute of our history – Our Savior”.
 
The Lord offers us the “antidote” to overcome our distrust in His mercy.  He uses a series of images taken from nature, “the birds of the sky, irrational beings, plants.  And yet how much more will your Father in heaven do for you?”  I think the message is clear.  All those baptized should discard from their lives all concerns and anguish because of “minor things” that take away our confidence and hope in a compassionate and risen Lord.
 
There is in the Word of God a call to seek “as absolute value” the Kingdom of Christ and His righteousness.  That should be our first concern as “servants of Christ and stewards of the mysteries of God”. 1 Cor. 4:1.
 
I invite you this week to reflect on this phrase from the Our Father that we pray at Mass:  “Lead us not into temptation” so that the concerns and stressfulness of every day life (that comes to all of us) will not weaken us spiritually and affectively taking away the peace and joy in our hearts.
 
The question to the Lord’s proposal is clear:  In whom do you put your trust?  Because there are proposals in this world in which we live that bring tribulations and anxieties and then there is Jesus’ proposal:  “Living as He lived, working and doing everything as if all depended on you, but leaving the result to our good Father, God”.  Brothers and sisters, remember that it is not enough to receive the Eucharist, the Body and Blood of Christ.  We must imitate Him living with humility and detachment and making Him present in every insecure situation that you find in life.  “Trust that He takes care of you and that this difficult moment will pass”.