Working with the Word

Focusing the Gospel 

Key words and phrases:   two masters, worry, Father feeds them, splendor ... clothed, faith, seek first

To the point: Telling humans not to worry about tomorrow is like telling them not to be the center of their own lives. And that is exactly the point of this gospel! The two masters are God or ourselves. Yes, we ourselves are the mammon. If we choose ourselves, we worry. If we choose God, we will feed on God's generosity, be clothed in God's gift of Life, and be made rich in faith. This choice is sufficient not only for a day but for a whole lifetime—even for all eternity.

Connecting the Gospel …

… to the First Reading:  Worry leads to nothing more than feelings of being forsaken. Choosing the God who can never forget us leads to nothing less than riches beyond measure.

… to experience: Who doesn't worry? We worry about health and retirement, job security and education, family and friends. These are legitimate worries, but when they consume us, we become trapped in our own needs—in ourselves. Only trust and faith in God can take us beyond the immediacy of worries and an inordinate focus on ourselves.

 

**From Saint Louis University

Kristin Clauson