Gospel: ( Matthew 6:24-34)
Jesus said to his disciples: “Look at the birds in the sky. They do not sow or reap, they gather nothing into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are not you more important than they? Which of you by worrying can add a moment to his lifespan? …O weak in faith! Stop worrying, then over questions like, ‘What are we to eat, or what are we do drink, or what are we to wear?’ The unbelievers are always running after these things. Your heavenly Father knows all that you need. Seek first his kingship over you, his holiness, and all these things will be given you besides. Enough, then, of worrying about tomorrow. Let tomorrow take care of itself. Today has troubles enough of its own.”
St. Vincent had a profound devotion to the Providence of God. He believed that God in his kindness was leading us all the time. As St.Vincent saw things, it was important that we should allow God to lead us and not rush ahead of him. It is God who lead us, not we him. St. Vincent wrote: “The works of God have their moments. His Providence brings them about at one particular point in time, neither sooner nor later.” It is the Providence of God that has preserved you until now. His grace and his peace will accompany you on every step of the road you are now taking into the future. (McCullen, Deep Down Things, p.521)
While there is much to be said for living in the present, the reality is that we have a past and we do think about our future. The past is what made us what we are today; and at each moment of our lives, we are advancing into our future. It is a healthy spiritual practice to allow our minds to dwell on the grounds of our hope. I have sometimes wondered how many people must suffer some form of depression through their daily intake of gloomy news from our televisions, radios and newspapers. The daily diet of conflicts, crises and tragedies must leave many of our elderly and nervous people with grounds for pessimism and depression. For this reason, if we are to be as St. Vincent wanted, it is essential that we fill our minds with the thought of God’s goodness to us in the past and his continuing goodness each day of our lives. (McCullen, Deep Down Things, p.393)
Discussion: (Share your thoughts after a moment of silence)
In what ways have you seen that “the works of God have their moments.”?
For the grace to trust in the Providence of God,
-Loving God, hear us!
For the grace to not run ahead of Providence,
-Loving God, hear us!
For the grace not to worry about tomorrow,-Loving God, hear us! Amen