Today's Reading: Matthew 6:24-34
Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? (Matthew 6:25)
In the Name + of Jesus. Amen. Don't be anxious? When I'm too heavy and need to slim down? When I'm too scrawny and need to bulk up? When I face my closet and can't decide what to wear? When I go out and find someone I don't like who is dressed in the same outfit I'm wearing?
And what about the really important life issues? Will I continue my education past high school and, if I do, where will I go and what will my major be? If not, will it be the military or a job elsewhere? Will I marry? Who will I marry?
On and on, our anxieties pile up. When we give in to one, it seems like another quickly joins it and, when we let that distract us, still more worries pile on. Even when we clear our minds and focus on the essentials, problems and worries regain the upper hand. How can Jesus tell us, "Don't worry"?
Sure, we can try fixing things ourselves. Some people ignore their problems, some seek distractions, and some hide behind foolish behavior, alcohol, or drugs. Yet we won't gain true freedom from fear by forcing it out of our minds. We cannot concoct decent substitutes for our worries.
Jesus offers a true option: "Remove your eyes from yourself and look to Me," He says. Christ is our Righteousness, and when we know that we are right with God--forgiven of our sins and citizens of His kingdom--nothing on earth seems as daunting as Jesus' love is delightful. In the Name + of Jesus. Amen.
O Lord, we implore You, let Your continual pity cleanse and defend Your Church, and because she cannot continue in safety without Your help, preserve her evermore by Your help and goodness; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God now and forever. Amen. (Collect for Trinity 15)