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.” (Mat 6:24-34)
St Francis de Sales writes, “Very often we do not abandon ourselves entirely into the hands of God because it seems to us that God will not take very much notice of us, since we consider ourselves good for nothing. This world likewise has little use for us. On the contrary, a courageous spirit relies on faith, grows in courage amid difficulties, and knows quite well that God loves, supports and helps those in need when they confide and hope in Him.”
So often even our prayers reflect a lack of faith in the goodness of God. We often pray like this, “Now Jesus remember me and my problems and we list the problems. Every day we recite the same prayer, “Now Jesus remember me and my problems and we list the problems.” How easy it is for our prayers to reflect a frantic spirit rather than a peaceful, trusting spirit.
Jesus wants us to pray with faith and trust. Jesus wants us to pray confident that He has heard our prayers. You are important to God. God knows how many hairs are on your head.
Pope Francis had a beautiful insight into prayer. Pope Francis said that when he prays he asks St Therese the little flower to hold onto his problem and worries. He asks God not to solve the problem, but for God to give him the wisdom to solve the problem.
In our prayer today may we ask St Therese the little flower to hold onto our problems and worries. For God to give us the wisdom to solve our own problems.