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As we enter into the Season of the Church year called: "Sundays after Pentecost" (in years past called: "Trinity Season") we pick up reading the Gospel of Matthew in the 6th Chapter,* where Jesus is gathering his disciples to himself and is setting before them his expectations. In no uncertain terms, Jesus tells his disciples that they are to serve God and not another master. "No one can serve two masters…" (Matthew 6:24) they will later come to understand that this means following Jesus himself.

Jesus identifies one of the masters that divide the disciples loyalty as wealth. Some scholars interpret this as the love of wealth. Yet it is worry that Jesus identifies as a more captivating master. As the disciples are being asked to leave their work, families and former way-of-life to follow Jesus, it is understandable that he would address their fears and concerns ....their worry.

For us in a day of rising costs, economic uncertainty, natural disasters, political upheavals, global warming, etc… we know what worry is all about. Yet, as disciples of Jesus we are asked, like those first disciples, not to have a competing master in our lives. Jesus gives us an assurance that as the created, redeemed and sustained children of God we are provided for and that worry over future provision consumes us inappropriately. His words of wisdom are to be concerned with the troubles of today, today. Note, that this is not a Pollyanna-ish proscription, Jesus acknowledges that we have difficulties that need to be dealt with, but dealt with in the concrete rather then consume us in the abstract.

Psychology tells us that too much worry and anxiety can be debilitating both mentally and physically. Jesus' instruction to the disciples names this debilitating shutting down as enslavement to the master of worry, and keeps before us the true master, God. So as we strive to be disciples of Christ in the world, may we grapple with the trouble of today, knowing that God is our true and only master, and that our hope for the future rests not in worry but in God alone.

Peace,
-Pastor McGuire

  • We left the continuous reading of Matthew's Gospel in February as we began the first

weeks of Lent.

05/30/2008