The Gospel from the Daily Office is Matthew 6:25-34. This is one of those passages that gets under your skin, because it speaks the impossible and you know it is so true at the same time. We usually start the dialogue in our mind that goes something like:
“Yeah, Jesus, easy for you to say. You don’t have bills to pay, a family to feed…”
And yet, we know it is true, today’s troubles are enough for today.
Do Not Worry
‘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.
So today, I am going to consider the lilies.
I am going to consider all of the blessings of my life, right now, right here. I will focus on all that I have been given, rather than all the things I “want.” I will give thanks for this day and for all it brings.
The future certainly presses in on us, but I have more than enough to be concerned about today.