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Gospel Reflection for February 26

Besides her great privilege of being the Mother of God, Mary was also her Son’s first disciple. She is often called the Model, or Exemplar of the Church. Following her example, we walk with her through the Gospels as we reflect on her response to God in her life.

February 26, 2017 —Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Matthew 6:24-34
 Father Oscar Lukefahr, C.M.

Years ago I celebrated a Fiftieth Wedding Anniversary Mass for Vic and Florence. At the reception, Vic said: “God has been so good to us, watching over us.”  And then, with a smile: “Most of the things I worried about never happened.” By then he had stopped worrying because he had learned the lesson of today’s Gospel: Replace worry with trust in God.

Jesus tells us to look at the birds of the air and the flowers of the field. God cares for them. But Jesus knows that we are not robins or rosebushes. He’s not saying we shouldn’t work to provide a living for ourselves and our loved ones. He spent most of his life on earth working as a carpenter. He’s saying, “Don’t worry,” not “Don’t work!”

That means we put our trust in Divine Providence. Providence refers to God's grace and protection, and to the way God's will guides our lives. How do we quit worrying and learn to trust in God? How can we learn to live under the wings of God’s providence, to work without worrying? 

A good place to start is the “Serenity Prayer”:    

“God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change,

The courage to change the things I can,

And the wisdom to know the difference.”

Living under the wings of God’s providence is a life-long adventure. The Catechism teaches: “We firmly believe that God is master of the world and of its history. But the ways of his providence are often unknown to us. Only at the end, when our partial knowledge ceases, when we see God ‘face to face’, will we fully know the ways...God has guided his creation to that definitive Sabbath rest for which he created heaven and earth.” (CCC, 314)

Mary put her trust in God when she said to Gabriel: “I am the lowly servant of the Lord. Let it be done to me according to your word.” She can help us, as she helped Vic, to replace worry with trust in God. 

 Read last week's reflection.