“Firmly pledging loyalty and allegiance to our Loving God and trusting Him at all times!”
(Based on 2 Chron 24:17-25 and Mt 6:24-34 – Saturday of the 11th Week in Ordinary Time)
A top ranked official, was extremely efficient and skilled in all his works.
However, he suffered from constant bouts of ulcer in the mouth, stomach upset and headaches.
Several medications couldn’t solve this problem.
Finally, a close friend of his, who had been away abroad for some years, met him…
… and knowing of his problems, suggested:
“I have the solution for all your physical troubles.
With all your works and responsibilities, you daily take up a lot of tension and worry.
So all that you need to do is…
Choose any one particular day of the week.
Whenever you get a problem that causes you anxiety…
Write it on a piece of paper….
Drop it inside a ‘Worry Box’…
… and then completely forget about it.
This ‘worry box’ is to be opened on that particular day of the week.”
The official tried this method of “writing the anxieties and problems on a paper, dropping it into a ‘worry box’ and opening it only on a Sunday.”
To his surprise, he found that most of the things that had disturbed him over the past six days were already settled.
It would have been useless to have worried about them.
That’s when he realised, his foolishness in being anxious and worried about a lot of things in life…
… things that deserved no attention for worry or anxiety!
And behold, in doing so, he also found his health to be regaining to full force.
Is that not pretty similar in our lives as well?
We often fret and worry about a lot of things in life…
… only to realise, that most of them, do not actually deserve the “anxiety attention and the worry weightage.”
The Gospel of the Day is a beautiful reflection given by Jesus on this nagging factor in our life – anxiety and worry.
The Lord firstly invites us to have a clear conviction regarding our loyalty: to God or to mammon.
He says, “No one can serve two masters… You cannot serve God and mammon” (Mt 6: 24)
We can be faithful and committed to only one of them.
To whom have we pledged our loyalty and allegiance…?
To the True and Living God who alone is worthy of every honour and who alone is able to bless our lives with true joy and happiness….?
… or to false and make-believe effigies of money, wealth and possessions which may give momentary satisfactions but fail miserably in rendering true peace of mind…?
When we have made this pledge and commitment to the Lord, He invites us to “live” this commitment.
One of the strongest signs of “living” this commitment is to “trust” in Him!
And the external sign of “trusting” in Him is to not get into the vice of “anxiety”
Jesus asks this very practical and logical question:
“Can any of you, by worrying, add a single moment to your life-span?” (Mt 6: 27)
All of us…
… surely, as we live our lives have our quota of tensions and troubles.
… without doubt, as we discharge our duties, will have our share of pressures.
But do we let these tensions and troubles and pressures to get converted to needless “worries” and undue “anxieties”?
It is said that “worry is wasting today’s time, to clutter up tomorrow’s opportunities with yesterday’s troubles.”
Worries and anxieties cause us…
… to miss the beautiful gift of the present – Today
… causing blockage in the golden chances awaiting ahead – Tomorrow
… as a result of the cloud of undue pressures and fears of the past – Yesterday
Humans, as we are, stresses and strains are sure to come our way…
… but, does my Christian Faith help me to convert such circumstances to occasions to trust in God deeper and build our faith stronger?
For a person on deep faith, situations of tension are made into moments of seeking God deeper and experiencing His providence.
For a person of higher trust, circumstances of worries are transformed to occasions of cherishing God’s presence and developing an approach of stronger reliance and dependence.
There is no doubt that life will constantly hurl ‘bricks of worry and anxiety’ on us
Discouragements are an easy trap for us to stumble in our life of faith
Anxieties are easy snares to corner us with fretfulness and fear.
But as Christians, we need to be courageous to use these ‘bricks of worry and anxiety’ into castles of “confidence and success!”
The evil one, in life…
… seeks to hamper our desire to seek the Lord and work for His Kingdom
… attempts to tarnish our good intentions to be a messenger of His Kingdom
Do we succumb to those attacks of “anxiety” and “worry”?
… or do we stand firm, in faith and trust, placing our faith in the Lord, entirely?
Worries and anxieties often eat up our life…
… and many of us even suffer physically, spiritually and socially.
The Lord, our best friend, advises us today:
“Write down your worries and anxieties on a piece of paper… (i.e. speak to me in Prayer!)
… put them into the “worry box”… (i.e. Offer them to My Heart!)
… and open it once a week… (i.e. On a Sunday – the Sabbath Day, set apart for the Lord!)
And you will realise, most of the things that had disturbed over the past six days, were already settled.”
Yes, let us firmly pledge loyalty and allegiance to our Loving God…
… and trusting Him at all times, boldly declare, with hope:
“I seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness!”
God Bless! Live Jesus!
Discovering the beauty of the Catholic Church through the Catechism
All the Old Covenant prefigurations find their fulfilment in Christ Jesus.
He begins his public life after having himself baptized by St. John the Baptist in the Jordan.
After His resurrection, Christ gives this mission to his apostles: “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you.”
Our Lord voluntarily submitted himself to the baptism of St. John, intended for sinners, in order to “fulfil all righteousness.”
Jesus’ gesture is a manifestation of his self-emptying.
The Spirit who had hovered over the waters of the first creation descended then on the Christ as a prelude of the new creation, and the Father revealed Jesus as his “beloved Son.” (CCC #1223-1224)