Don’t Worry and Sister Death

26 February 2017 ~ 8th Sunday in Ordinary Time

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1st Reading: Isaiah ~ Even if your mother should forget you, I will never forget you.

Psalm 62 ~ Only in God is my soul at rest; from God comes my salvation.

2nd Reading: St. Paul’s 1st Letter to the Corinthians 4:1-5 ~ Thus should one regard us: as servants of Christ and stewards of the mysteries of God.

Gospel: Matthew 6:24-34 ~ “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life… Do not worry about tomorrow; tomorrow will take care of itself. Sufficient for a day is its own evil.” Jesus

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A child does not worry all day long whether his house will be there when he gets home from school or whether her parents will have a meal for her that evening. Children do not worry about such things, because they trust their parents. In the same way, we as Christians should trust our heavenly Father to supply what is best for us. *

And although our country says, “In God we Trust”, many children are now worried about whether their parents will be there when they return home. All of us have ancestors who were undocumented at one time. This is against our Gospel principles and love itself. Solutions need to be thought out and prayed about.

Death was walking toward a city, and a man stopped Death and asked, “What are you going to do?” Death said, “I’m going to kill ten thousand people.” The man said, “That’s horrible!” Death said, “That’s the way it is; that’s what I do.”

As the day passed, the man warned everyone he could of Death’s plan. At the end of the day he again met Death. He said, “You said you were going to kill ten thousand people, and yet seventy thousand died.” Death explained, “I killed only ten thousand. Worry, anxiety and fear killed the others.” *

Left to our own, our anxieties can cause wars in our own family and beyond. Let us trust in Jesus when he tells us, “Do not worry about your life. Your heavenly Father knows your needs. But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be given you besides.”*

* Taken from Illustrations for Biblical Preaching, edited by Michael P. Green, 1989, Baker Book House, Grand Rapids, Michigan.

LOOKING FOR JESUS

Looking for Jesus

 

When the crowd saw that neither Jesus nor his disciples were there, they themselves got into boats and came to Capernaum looking for Jesus.

                                                                                                John 6:24

 

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Where is Jesus in your life?

For me, Jesus is in the Eucharist.

I eat his body and drink his blood every Sunday. His love permeates my heart and soul on a daily basis. And yet, sometimes I feel that Jesus is nowhere to be found.

 

When Jesus was just twelve years old, his parents thought he was with the family in the caravan leaving Jesus after the holy days. They searched for him for three days. Finally they went to the Temple to most likely pray in desperation. When they saw him teaching the elders and listening, they were astounded and hurt.

 

His mother said, “Jesus, why have you done this to your father and me? Did you not know we would be looking for you?”

Jesus answered, “Why did you look for me? Didn’t you know that I had to be in my Father’s house?”

 

Jesus says in John 6:35:

“I am the bread of life. All who come to me will never hunger. And all who believe in me will never thirst.”

 

I don’t know about you, but I hunger for Jesus. I thirst for the blood and water that flows from his side.

 

St. Augustine says:

“Christ the Lord wants to come into us and dwell in us. Like a good builder he says: A new commandment I give you: Love one another. He says, I give you a new commandment. He means: Before, you were not engaged in building a house for me, but you lay in ruins. Therefore, to be raised up from your former state of ruin you must love one another.”

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Jesus is already in our midst. Jesus might be looking for the real you and me already. Will Jesus find us? I think so. And so this past weekend, in my homily at Queen of Peace in Gainesville, I emphasized their mission statement:

 

As Christians we receive God’s gifts gratefully,

cultivate them responsibly,

share them lovingly in justice with others,

and return them with increase to the Lord.

I realized that Mary, the Mother of Jesus and the Mother of God did just that.

She received God’s gift of Jesus into her body and womb with gratitude.

She cultivated the gift by bring Jesus up with a great love for God.

She shared Jesus loving in justice with others even if it meant that her heart would be pierced.

And she also returned the broken body of Jesus as in the pieta with increase. Jesus was given to all of us in the Eucharist.

 

Have a blessed week.

Love, joy, peace,

Father Ron Moses +

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P.S. I will be starting school at Loyola University Maryland in September. Pray for me as I pursue doctoral studies in Pastoral Counseling. I love the Jesuits!