Psalm: 89
Old Testament: 2 Kings 17:24-41
New Testament: 1 Cor 7:25-31
Gospel: Matthew 6:25-34
Patristic Reading: An excerpt from a letter to the Phillipians by St. Polycarp

‘So do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring worries of its own. Today’s trouble is enough for today. (Matt 7:34)

OK…..I know I’m not the only one who thought this……so sing it along with me 😉

Seriously though, as someone who struggles with anxiety……some of which has manifested itself on this blog, tonight’s gospel makes a very simple point….a point which I think is lost to modern readers.

For the early church, the followers of Jesus were in a culture that was extremely hostile to their way of living. There was no guarantee that they would make it to the next day….

In our context (at least mine in SW Ontario), we don't have to worry about prosecution or martyrdom….but (thanks be to God) the words are no less true for us. In our quest to gain success and fulfillment we can often get side-tracked into reaching milestones, meeting deadlines, or accomplishing goals for ourselves.

If that becomes our focus, we run the risk of forgetting where God is in the mix. We need to take it one day at a time, one hour at a time, one minute at a time….because each moment we have is precious….and the worrying is totally not worth it. 😛 +