Thoughts on the Readings for the 8th Sunday in Ordinary Time (A) 2017

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“Don’t worry.  Be happy.” This was the title of a song made famous by Bobby McFerrin in 1988.   I never liked it.   It always struck me as a bit insipid, if not just plain dumb.   At times we all worry.  At times we are all troubled, concerned, and even anxious.   Yet in our Gospel this weekend for the 8th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Jesus says: “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life………………”    “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.”   

What are we to make of these words of Jesus?   We have only to look around us to know that there is much to be anxious about in today’s world.   Is Jesus suggesting that we manifest a naïveté about the troubles that exist in the world, or that we live our lives unconcerned and/or unaware of the evil that often surrounds us?    I don’t think so.  Rather I believe he was inviting us not to give ourselves over to worry and anxiety, but rather to trust in God and to believe that ultimately our future is assured.  A trusting heart will find serenity and peace in God’s presence and grace.   

Our first reading this weekend shares the theme of our Gospel.  Through the prophet Isaiah God reminds us:  “Can a mother forget her infant, be without tenderness for the child of her womb?   Even should she forget, I will never forget you.”  

Our second reading this weekend once again is taken from St. Paul’s first letter to the Corinthians.   In it Paul reminds the people of Corinth how they should view their leaders.   He is clear:  “Now it is of course required of stewards that they be found trustworthy.”   Sadly, particularly in light of the sexual abuse crisis in our church, this has not always been the case with some of the leaders in our Church, 

Questions for Reflection/Discussion:

  1. What causes you worry or anxiety?
  2. Have you ever brought your worries or anxieties to God in prayer?   What was the result?
  3. What would you like to say to those leaders in our church who have not been found trustworthy?   
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