“Seek first the Kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be given you besides.”

Our reading of chapter six of Matthew concludes today with Jesus speaking to the disciples about the uselessness of worry regarding earthly matters (Mt 6:24-34).  Jesus begins by telling them that they cannot serve two masters, but must decide if their devotion is to God or to mammon (i.e., wealth/property).  Then He goes on to speak about worry.  Anxiety over food, drink, clothing is not to be ours.  Rather, we are to trust that in God’s goodness He will provide for us as He does for all of earth’s living things.  Thus, we are to do what the Lord says in the headline and then we need not worry about tomorrow.  This is easier said than done, is it not?  It seems to be a real leap of faith that Jesus is asking of us.  We think of all the practical concerns of day to day living and it seems quite natural to have concern over all manner of important matters.  Certainly, we are not to sit back and wait for God to drop food, drink, clothes, and other necessities in our laps.  We each are given talents and are meant to use them to contribute to society and to our families.  We do our part and God does His.  We must maintain confidence that He will provide.  By putting the Kingdom first in the way we conduct our lives, God will give us exactly what we need, when we need it, to be fulfilled here on earth so that we will be prepared for heaven.

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