From: Sunday Prayer for Catechists: 2010-2011. Liturgy Training Publications
EIGHTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME
+ In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.
GOSPEI, Matthew 6:26-34
Jesus said to his disciples:". . . 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 you not 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 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."
This Sunday's Gospel speaks of our need to trust in God's providence and rely on him for all our needs. Young people have a very concrete experience of trusting in the providence, of others, as they rely on their parents or guardians to provide them with everything that they have. God is like a loving parent. He is always there and we can trust him to give us everything that we need.
♦ In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.