Matthew 6: 24-34
Saturday of the Eleventh Week of Ordinary Time
I will renew my spirit of faith to see everything that happens to me today as part of God's loving providence.
Lord, as I begin this day, I trust in your unfailing
providence. You are the deepest desire of my heart. In this moment of prayer I want to please you
alone. Even though I might be tired or uninspired, even though I might only experience dryness, may
this be my prayer: I offer you all I am and all I have.
Lord, help me
to trust more deeply in the loving providence of our heavenly Father.
1. Why Worry?
What can be added to Christ's beautiful images in the Gospel, urging us to trust in the
loving providence of our heavenly Father? All that is necessary is to ponder how God feeds the birds
of the air and clothes the lilies of the field and to let the reality of his fatherly care for these
ephemeral creatures sink deeply into our soul. How much more will he not care for us, the crowning
work of his hand, his sons and daughters, for whom he is willing to send his only begotten Son to
die on the Cross? Christ penetrates to the real cause of our worries and anxieties, our anxious
concern that often overwhelms us in life: we have little faith. Little faith and even less trust in
the goodness of our heavenly Father. Let us thank him for his patience and allow his fatherly
goodness to penetrate to the depths of our spirit.
2. Stay Focused:
and concerns about the material needs of our daily life make us lose sight of the one thing that is
truly necessary: striving for holiness, for the establishment of Christ's kingdom in our own lives
and the lives of those around us. If only we would allow Christ to set our hearts on fire with the
consuming passion of zeal for souls, how our lives would change! We would become driven by the
mission, constantly urged on by it — and all of our former worries and anxieties would fade into
insignificance. Then we, too, could exclaim with Christ, "I have come to light a fire on the earth,
and how I wish it were blazing already!" (Luke 12:49)
3. Simplicity of Heart:
virtue that helps us trust God more and grow in apostolic zeal is simplicity of heart. When you grow
in simplicity of heart, you will never demand of God that he explain your vocation or your
sufferings. Thanks to simplicity of heart, you will always see God's holy will in everything, and
everything, even pain, becomes wells and rivers of peace and joy. Thanks to simplicity of heart, you
will be able to understand people and their misery and give them a helping hand. Thanks to
simplicity of heart, you will never harbor hate, an evil wish, a grudge, or an evil thought in your
heart. Everything brings you to God.
Conversation with Christ:
Lord, help me
through this prayer to grow in simplicity of heart, to recognize everything in my life as coming
from your loving hand.
I will renew my spirit of faith to see
everything that happens to me today as part of God's loving providence.