Scripture: Matthew 6: 25-34
Key verses: (34) “So do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring worries of its own. Today’s trouble is enough for today.
Reflection: Worry does not belong to one generation. It does not belong to a gender or class. Worry crosses boundaries. It is a large audience that needs the assurance of a freedom from these worries in the Kingdom of God.
There is a bit of judgement in these statements. Do we love our stuff more than God? What is the fear that motivates our worry? “Do Not Worry” is repeated three times but that is not a phrase we use in pastoral care. If someone is really hurting, it is dismissive to say, “Do not worry.” It implies that whatever the person worrying is feeling is wrong. Maybe what Jesus is saying is that we should not get ourselves worked into a frenzy over the small things. Our focus always should be on the Kingdom of God. When we make the choice to work for the Kingdom and live in compassion, we will be transformed. It doesn’t mean we won’t worry. We will worry about environmental justice instead of what we wear tomorrow. We will worry about all children getting a good education instead of what we will drink tonight. We will worry about critical issues in the kingdom of God … whatever that might be on your heart instead of the crow’s feet around our eyes. Following Jesus brings great peace even in the middle of some bigger worries because we trust in the one who calls us to join in this kingdom work.
Prayer: God, shake us up a little and set our feet firmly on the path following your son. Amen.
Author: Michelle Thomas-Bush
[Scripture quotations are from New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved].