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"Thank You For Everything"

     While teaching a new group of kids the Sacrament of First Eucharist, yesterday, I had the joy of pointing out one of the greatest gifts we receive everyday. Part of the book asked the kids to write down what they would say to Jesus if they could say it face to face. My example that I wrote on the bored for them was, "Thank You For everything"  One kid raised his hand and asked what kind of things am I thankful for. My answer started with, " For waking me up in the morning" and the kids responded, " Doesn't your mom wake you up?" and I replied, " Yes, but it is God who gave me life today as a free gift."


     In Today's Gospel, Jesus gives us one central and almost humanly impossible theme: Do Not Worry. My life, as a student is often taken up with worrying for tests and quizzes and the precal mark. I often am worrying that the kids don't get what I am saying when I teach or that the new altar servers don't understand what I am saying when training them. We worry about many things. Our lives can be swallowed by the dark and distracting emotion. Why do we worry? Do we think that our regrets and 'what if's' will actually change the final result or reshape our history?

     It is note worthy to point out, that Jesus, in the Gospel, speaks about our needs. He states not to worry about our earthly needs. Eating, drinking, money and clothing. All essentials for life.( In the time of Jesus, it was unlawful for a person to look upon a naked body, therefore, clothing was kind of important.) In Genesis we hear that God created  in his own image.  He created us. He knows our needs. . GOD WILL LOOK AFTER OUR NEEDS. We need not to worry about them-for God will look after us.  No matter what it is in life: finacial crisis, work/school stress or success, a sporting success, a new moment in our life ect.. God will not bring us this far and abandon us.  He will be with us every step we take. Helping us be the very best. 

     Jesus starts to conclude this talk by saying: Therefore do not worry...But strive first the Kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all of these things will be given to you as well.  When we strive God over money and wealth we will be taken care of. Our faith will guide us into the warm and embracing guardianship that God offers. When we choose God, he will offer us the finest feast which is prepared for us. He offers himself as food and drink for everyone to take part. For everyone ( the people who make up the church) to enjoy the sustaining  and life giving food.

     He then concludes this message by saying: So do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring worries of it's own. Today's trouble is enough for today!  Basically, Jesus is telling us to rid our selves of these distractions and look at each day as a gift (that's why it's called the present.)  To get rid of all the worrying of today and to look at the beautiful gift that God is offering every single day.




     

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