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Matthew 6: 24-34

Jesus said, "Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air; they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? And can any of you by worrying add a single hour to your span of life? And why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not clothed like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you--you of little faith? Therefore do not worry, saying, 'What will we eat?' or 'What will we drink?' or 'What will we wear?' For it is the Gentiles who strive for all these things; and indeed your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But strive first for the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. "So do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring worries of its own. Today's trouble is enough for today."

Matthew 6: 24-34
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    • It seems easy for Jesus to say! I think of how I might receive this insight in trust, believing that Jesus seeks only my good.
    • There are so many messages all around me telling me about what I should wear, what I should eat. Jesus reminds me that I am more than a consumer. My identity lies in my relationship with God who loves me and caused me to trust.
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    • This passage is one of great beauty. Let me savour it for a few moments and find peace and joy in it. God is Beauty Itself, so in meeting beauty, I can meet God.
    • Jesus promises us that God is generous. God can be trusted to provide what we need as we ‘strive first for the kingdom of God.’
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    • God trusts us, having given us life and called us into relationship. Knowing that God loves and trusts us by giving us the freedom to make choices, is important. After all, it is natural to grow in trust of someone who trusts us. We do need food and clothing, but excessive worry about such things makes them ends, rather than means to an end.
    • The core of Jesus’ message is the Kingdom, but not a kingdom of power and control. It was one of love and justice that are to colour all relationships. When we look back at life, we see that God has provided and guided us through challenging times. Most of what we worried about never happened. Where am I being called to trust more now?
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    • Take these lovely verses in their context: the young Jesus, living in the flowering countryside and relative prosperity of Galilee, is testing the real necessities and true values of life. He enjoys the beauty around him, but sees people so concerned with Mammon (a Semitic word for money or wealth), and worry about tomorrow, that they cannot be in tune with the God who reaches us only in the Now.
    • Lord, show yourself to me in the present moment; I cannot meet you in the past or the future, only here and now. This moment is a channel of your grace.
    • One of the best known stories of Jesus leads us into the theme of trust. Only God is worth our total trust, and God is totally faithful to us. Worries about fashions and menus and diets can take us away from being concerned with the things of God. A prayerful walk among flowers while observing the birds of the air brings this story to life. It’s about recognising what’s really important in life. Even though birds and lilies also wither and die, their lifespan can remind us of where true happiness lies.
    • Is Jesus so innocent, so naïve? It seems he is telling me to look at birds and flowers. Deep down I know that is not what is asking me to do; he is asking me to be wise, to look and to learn, to discern something of the working of God, to be ready to loosen my grip.
    • Jesus does not just invite me to let my worries and concerns go; he does not want to leave me empty-handed. He offers me a new priority - an eagerness to establish God’s ways, a striving for the kingdom of God.