Sunday Sermon With a Side of Sleet

3 Mar

“Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow, it empties today of its strength.”
― Corrie ten Boom, Clippings from My Notebook
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Today’s sermon was about worrying. Was Father talking just to me? Yes he was, me and everyone else. Why do I worry about things I have no control over? God has looked out for me so far, but sometimes it’s hard to have faith that if I close my eyes and fall backwards, that someone will be there to catch me. It’s especially hard when you’ve been stabbed in the back a few times. But, I still listen and pray and give it my best. That’s all anyone can do.
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Gospel MT 6:24-34

Jesus said to his disciples:
“No one can serve two masters.
He will either hate one and love the other,
or be devoted to one and despise the other.
You cannot serve God and mammon.

“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life,
what you will eat or 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 in the sky;
they do not sow or reap, they gather nothing into barns,
yet your heavenly Father feeds them.
Are not you more important than they?
Can any of you by worrying add a single moment to your life-span?
Why are you anxious about clothes?
Learn from the way the wild flowers grow.
They do not work or spin.
But I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor
was clothed like one of them.
If God so clothes the grass of the field,
which grows today and is thrown into the oven tomorrow,
will he not much more provide for you, O you of little faith?
So do not worry and say, ‘What are we to eat?’
or ‘What are we to drink?’or ‘What are we to wear?’
All these things the pagans seek.
Your heavenly Father knows that you need them all.
But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness,
and all these things will be given you besides.
Do not worry about tomorrow; tomorrow will take care of itself.
Sufficient for a day is its own evil.”
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What a difference a day makes! Yesterday was a glorious sunny day, almost in the 80’s. Today, after 9 o’clock Mass, it was gloomy and drizzling, the temps rapidly plummeting. I was determined to make the best of the day and drove down to the Square to meet some friends for breakfast at Snug. Afterwards, I put up my hood, bundled up, and walked over to Sweet Spot Bakery in the rain. About twenty minutes later, sleet and hail pelted the windows, bouncing off the sidewalks. I skeedaddled out of there, scraped my car windows, and gingerly drove home.

I’m home, safe and sound, but I’m sitting here worrying about the people out on the roads. I’m worrying about what it will be like tomorrow. Will schools be closed? Will I be able to get to my early morning doctor appointment? Did I even listen to today’s sermon? “Do not worry about tomorrow; tomorrow will take care of itself.” (Easier said than done.)

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Today… a little different than yesterday.

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Yesterday!

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That’s sleet!

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