February 26, 2017

Reading 1 Is 49:14-15

Zion said, “The LORD has forsaken me;
my LORD has forgotten me.”
Can a mother forget her infant,
be without tenderness for the child of her womb?
Even should she forget,
I will never forget you.

Think of a mother’s love for her child.  Maybe even think of a mother animal protecting her young.  A mother’s love is like no other- nurturing, caring, and sweet.  How often do we think that God has forgotten us or has not heard/answered our prayers? We think we are alone and have to do everything on our own.  Here, God says he will never forget us.  The imagery of the mother and infant makes the perfect point because a mother’s love is so deep and unconditional, yet God’s love is better.  We have to let go of the lie that God is not near to us because God is constantly taking care of us and watching over us to make sure everything works for our good.  Instead of believing the idea that God is not with us, we should draw in close to Him and feel His Presence.  If you feel distant from God, it is you that has moved.

Reading 2 1 Cor 4:1-5

Brothers and sisters:
Thus should one regard us: as servants of Christ
and stewards of the mysteries of God.
Now it is of course required of stewards
that they be found trustworthy.
It does not concern me in the least
that I be judged by you or any human tribunal;
I do not even pass judgment on myself;
I am not conscious of anything against me,
but I do not thereby stand acquitted;
the one who judges me is the Lord.
Therefore do not make any judgment before the appointed time,
until the Lord comes,
for he will bring to light what is hidden in darkness
and will manifest the motives of our hearts,
and then everyone will receive praise from God.

“Only God can judge”. I’ve herd that quote said by people and in songs, but do we really follow that? We need to be strong enough to not let others’ opinions or judgments affect us.  We can get so caught up in what people think or say that it becomes crippling because we lose ourselves.  We don’t want to go certain places or do particular things because of what people will think.  It is not good to let others control our actions so much, but the only One that truly matters is God.  His thoughts and concerns should be held to the highest standard, and our confidence should come from Him alone.  If happiness comes from other people’s opinions, you will realize you will never be happy.  You cannot please people no matter what so why not please God?

What about us? Do we judge ourselves and others? I constantly see girls pick themselves apart and hate features about themselves.  This is sad.  The self-loathing is the opposite side of pride that still has us playing God.  The negativity controls us to the point that we cannot even listen to what God is saying, and it makes lies the main things heard in our ears.  It says that God did not make us right; that somehow He messed up.  Obvi this is false.   Again, what God sees is what we should see.  The beauty that He is transferred to us when He breathed His Life on us to create us.  This in turn is how we should see other people.  It is wrong to judge others because they sin differently than you.  No one is perfect except God so what makes us think we have the right to pick each other apart.  The real reason is fear and jealousy.  The hate we partake in comes from the idea that someone else could be better at a sport, smarter, prettier, richer, or more creative.  It blocks us from seeing God in others and makes us focus on ourselves.  Judging is basically wasting energy on tearing people down when we could have lifted them up or learned how to be better ourselves.  Judging is God’ job; therefore, no one has the power to declare what another should have or could have done because we do not have His perspective.  Take a step back and remember you never know where the other person’s shoe hurts.

Gospel Mt 6:24-34

Jesus said to his disciples:
“No one can serve two masters.
He will either hate one and love the other,
or be devoted to one and despise the other.
You cannot serve God and mammon.

“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life,
what you will eat or drink,
or about your body, what you will wear.
Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing?
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?
Can any of you by worrying add a single moment to your life-span?
Why are you anxious about clothes?
Learn from the way the wild flowers grow.
They do not work or spin.
But I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor
was clothed like one of them.
If God so clothes the grass of the field,
which grows today and is thrown into the oven tomorrow,
will he not much more provide for you, O you of little faith?
So do not worry and say, ‘What are we to eat?’
or ‘What are we to drink? ‘or ‘What are we to wear?’
All these things the pagans seek.
Your heavenly Father knows that you need them all.
But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness,
and all these things will be given you besides.
Do not worry about tomorrow; tomorrow will take care of itself.
Sufficient for a day is its own evil.”

Worry.  I feel like it consumes my life, especially right now with college graduation quickly approaching.  The unknown is definitely freaking me out, and I have no idea what I’m doing after graduation.  The thing is that worry does not really stop there because there will always be the okay what’s next question.  Where do you go from here? Worry enslaves if we do not harness it and take it under control.  We need to switch our focus to God.  God takes care of the birds, grass, and flowers so He is most definitely going to take care of us.  We do not have control of our futures so why don’t we just enjoy the present? There is enough to worry about each day that there is no need to look too far ahead.  God knows what we need, and He will provide.

I think it is a beautiful and relieving thing to know how important we are to God, and that is why we must be different from those that do not believe.  We should stand out and have an overwhelming sense of peace and grace that would make all want to come to know the Lord.  It seems so petty to be worrying about such menial tasks, and this Gospel is not trying to disregard our worries.  Rather, it is trying to teach that above all else, God should be number One in our minds, souls, and hearts.  I don’t know about you, but worries and fears can really take over my thoughts and nothing else seems to be heard.  I pay so much attention to them that it hinders me from listening to what God is saying or even talk to Him at certain points.  I get caught up and become preoccupied and lose my serenity and balance.  Like the reading suggests, nothing good comes from worrying.  The cure is to trust and believe in God’s promises.  They all come true in due time, and for us control freaks that want to know how, where, and when, we need to sit back and let God sit in the driver’s seat while we ride shotgun.

 

 

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