ARE NOT YOU MORE IMPORTANT THAN THEY?
“Taste and see the goodness of the Lord” (Ps 34:13).
Yesterday, we read the words of Jesus as He questioned us as to what our treasure really is; what earns our strongest devotion? Today’s beautiful passage continues the emphasis on putting all our trust in our heavenly Father. Jesus Christ names everyday concerns: finding a meal, having something to drink, securing basic provisions. Rather than listing guidelines to simplify our lives or giving us strategies to get what we want, He opens our hearts and minds to God’s care. He invites us to take stock of our lives and imagine ourselves surrounded by the same care that God gives to birds and flowers. “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life” (Mt 6:25a).
This chapter in Matthew’s Gospel clarifies the fact that seeking God’s ways and putting God first does not mean that we must forget about or despise the concerns and needs of everyday life. The issue is one of priorities! As is clear in Jesus’ teaching throughout the Gospels about material things and about wealth, He does not consider that these are bad. What would be bad is to put them before everything else or before God Himself. In our Responsorial Psalm we acclaim, “Taste and see the goodness of the Lord” (Ps 34:13). Who among us desires life and takes delight in prosperous days? Our Father is utterly reliable because it is in His nature to love, heal, forgive, and make whole again. Jesus taught us to pray with confidence to our heavenly Father: “Give us this day our daily bread…”
“Are not you more important than they” (Mt 6:26b)?