Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time (February 26, 2017)

Today’s Scriptures encourage us to see our daily life with the eyes of our loving God. Isaiah sets the tone: “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 God has a tender, mother-like love for each of us, for we are his children.

When we learn to take these words to heart, then we are better able to understand what we heard Jesus tell us in today’s Gospel: “Do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink, or about your body, what you will wear. . . Your heavenly father knows that you need them all.” Because our God loves us so much, we can trust that he will take care of all our needs.

Our trust is not that of a fool; we must use our talents and abilities to do what we can to provide for our needs. Our trust does not leave room for worry; worrying has never accomplished anything, but can distract us and ruin our peace of mind.

Jesus wants us to learn something important from the birds of the sky and the wildflowers of the fields. So we must listen carefully and then apply what we learn to our daily living. What we hear will help us to “seek first the kingdom of God” and his attitude toward living.

This should help us to live each present moment well, so that we give glory to the Master who made us.

St. Francis de Sales echoes Jesus’ words so well: “Do not worry about tomorrow. The same loving Father who cares for you today will take care of you tomorrow and every day.”

Rev. Michael S. Murray, OSFS, is the Executive Director of the De Sales Spirituality Center.