Fifteenth Sunday after Trinity 2017
September 24, 2017
Old Testament Lesson: Ecclesiasticus 5:1-10
Epistle: Galatians 6: 11-18
Gospel: Matthew 6: 24-34
“What Shall We Eat?”
My wife has a list of three questions she hates to hear from the kids, but inevitably she hears them. “What’s for breakfast?” “What’s for lunch?” and “What’s for dinner?” Nearly every day she has these questions posed by one or more of the kids; even though there’s a “menu plan” located in the kitchen that lists all the dinners for the week and most of the other meals, and the kids are responsible to fix their own breakfasts and lunches anyway (except for the two and seven year old) who are helped by one of the teenagers or Mom and Dad.
Similarly, we pepper God with continual requests, wondering if He’s going to take care of us as He says. Jesus mentions several of those questions in our Gospel lesson today, taken from His sermon on the Mount. “What shall we eat? What shall we drink? What shall we wear?” We frequently besiege God with these concerns. Jesus tells us though that we need not worry about them. Clearly, he says, “Seek ye first His kingdom and righteousness, and all these things shall be added unto you.” God knows our needs and wants. He sees the problems in our lives and has already provided for us through His grace.
Pointing out the ways of nature, Jesus shows us that even the birds of the air which don’t work, are fed by God. The flowers of the field wear beautiful colors and “clothes” that put to shame the best of apparel even the richest among us could wear – such as Solomon. Using these examples, He expresses God’s providence for His Creation, and shares that knowing this we should be comforted that the Father would indubitably provide for His most prized Creation, Man.
While the world is filled with tragedy and turmoil, we need not worry. “Be not anxious for the morrow.” Jesus reminds us that despite the terrors of life, God will take care of us. Our responsibility is to do our best with what we’ve got, but to make sure we’re focused on loving our God foremost. Seeking the kingdom of God and His righteousness is our primary responsibility – that is loving God with our whole selves. If we live and work with this as our guide and focus, we will find our needs fulfilled and our desires wrapped in the knowledge and love of God.