Life with Jesus is without fear.
Jesus says in the Gospel: “Do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat, nor about your body, what you will eat. Isn’t life more than food and the body more than clothing…? And who among you can add even an elbow to his life by worrying?…? Yet, your Heavenly Father knows that you need all this. Seek first, then, the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and you will receive all this in addition. Therefore, please do not be anxious about tomorrow; tomorrow will take care of itself. Each day has enough to worry about” (Mt 6:25-34).
The Lord recognizes that every day has enough to shovel and toil, worrying about necessary things, and that Heavenly Father knows about these things essential to life. Jesus Himself worked for many years in St. Joseph’s workshop to help the Holy Family provide the necessities of life. So, Jesus’ word about unnecessary worries does not mean praise for the lazy. On the contrary, it remains the duty of work and concerns, but without panic, over-anxiety, and wild lust.
The Christian knows that the world is God’s work, and he has a role to play. God is behind all events, is more powerful than sin and hell, and can turn even evil to spiritual advantage in His wisdom. The Christian must think about the future and take care of the daily bread, but without despair and not at the expense of the spiritual life; prayer gives true meaning and sanctification to work. Even the Christian does not know what the future will bring, but he knows that God is the Lord of the time to come.
Suppose I fear for my future, for my material security. In that case, it is probably only because I have little faith in God, little belief, and only a very distant and vague belief that there is another life besides this, much more perfect and content. God is a natural living person, and we prepare for life in the future – with or without him – by living here on earth. That is why men live life here on earth without happiness from the belief in eternal life and behave as if they had only the little means of time, space, and joy that are between the cradle and the ark at their disposal; that is why they suck like leeches on these things and want to suck out their sweetness to the last drop. Hence, each considers himself a fool and a wretch if he misses any of these pleasures and lives in constant fear that someone may snatch these favorite toys from his hands. Hence, man’s fear of cancer, war, or fear of death. Therefore, the mad effort of worry: I have to build, I have to develop, I have to provide for my family, but then I will have time for God – in my old age. Then, then – and finally never.
Times of weak faith have always been times of significant life fear. …and those who got used to going to church often got used to going to the nerve clinic. Only he who owns the things of this world as a gift of God and does not lose sight of God’s will and his mission from God in the world, only he can live without fear and over-concern for tomorrow. Does this seem exaggerated to you? Isn’t it a reality? We live our lives as if we are here to stay forever. As if the things we have acquired are never to be lost, or rather, one might liken it to – as if we are taking these things with us to the grave so that we can continue to enjoy them after we die.
Brother, sister, but you want to be accurate, good Christians, and the fact that you sometimes put worldly concerns before the Lord God, does that not trouble you?
Therefore, now ask the Lord Jesus in your heart at Holy Mass: ‘Lord, you offer me a wonderful exchange. You will take my unnecessary worries and legitimate interests on Your own because You and my Heavenly Father know best what I need, and I, in turn, will make God’s interests my own.
I will strive to make you Lord of my soul through my life and in my life’s surroundings. Teach me genuine trust in my Heavenly Father so that I will always put the interests of God’s kingdom first in my life’s dealings, and the rest will be added – according to your promise – as needed.
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