FRIDAY AFTER ASH WEDNESDAY – FEBRUARY 19, 2021 TRUSTING THE FATHER (MT 9:14-17)

Prayer:

Come, Holy Ghost. Help me to seek first the Kingdom of heaven. 

Imagination:

Picture Jesus teaching His disciples about the Father’s care for them.

Context:

Jesus has been explaining the eight beatitudes and all that is demanded of a disciple. He ends his talk on a different note. Disciples must not worry, even about their daily needs. If they serve Jesus, the Father will provide.

Gospel Text: (Read slowly, possibly aloud.)

“Oh, you of little faith. 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. 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 each day is the evil thereof.” 

Thoughts: (Read all. Ponder the ones that attract you.)

  1. To worry about food, drink and clothing is quite normal. Everyone does this, even pagans who have no faith. 
  2. Jesus explains that the Heavenly Father knows and cares about the disciples’ human needs. 
  3. The disciple must have a total faith in God’s Providence. 
  4. They need to do one thing, seek first the Kingdom. Then, they will have all the food, drink and clothing that they need. 
  5. The disciple must not worry about a tomorrow (which never comes). The Father provides for each day’s challenges. 

Affections: (When one touches your heart, use your own words.) 

  • Jesus, when I have little faith, I am anxious. When I have great faith, I am at peace. 
  • O Lord, calm my inner questions. 
  • O Father, why do I not trust you? Did you not create me? Will you not provide? 
  • Jesus, your command is clear. I must seek first your Kingdom. 
  • Jesus, make me a child. To trust. To live one day at a time. To believe that God will give me my daily bread. 

Resolutions: (Possibly you might want to make your own.)

+ I will examine my anxieties and why I grow fearful. 

+ I will place greater trust in my heavenly Father. 

Thought for the Day: (To recall your meditation)

Your Heavenly Father knows that you need all of these.