“And Jesus said to His disciples, “Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat, nor about your body, what you will put on. For life is more than food, and the body more than clothing.”
On last Sunday’s stop on the journey with Jesus to Jerusalem, “Someone in the crowd said, ‘teacher, tell my brother to share the inheritance with me.” That prompted Jesus to lecture the crowd about the meaning of life. He told to a parable about a rich man whose farm produced a bumper crop, which to him meant, ‘early retirement’ with enough ‘social security’ to “relax, eat, drink and be merry” – in other words, a life with no worries. The great surprise however was the fact that this “rich fool” had less than 24 hours to live. “Fool, this night your soul is required of you…”
The moral of the story is, “one’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions,” but rather in “being rich towards God.”
It’s always first things first for the Christian. First you must know just how rich you are towards God, and how we got so “rich towards God,” and the price that was paid to make you so “rich towards God.” Then, and only then, will you be able to handle and “abundance of possessions” rightly and keep them in their proper place.
What follows today is NOT addressed to the “trampling crowd” who do not know how rich towards God and who do not have ears to hear. Rather, Jesus is speaking here solely to His disciples, to whom the Kingdom of God has come. It is through them and the Word that they will preach and teach that the “trampling crowd” will come to know how “rich towards God” Jesus Christ has made them.
“And he said to his disciples, ‘Therefore I tell you do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat, nor about your body, what you will put on. For life is more than food, and the body more than clothing.”
If last Sunday’s gospel was a correction to the rich, that “life does not consist in the ABUNDANCE of possessions,” then this Sunday’s gospel is a correction to the poor, that life also does not consist in the LACK of possessions – even the basic necessities of ‘food’ and ‘clothing.’ “Life is more than food, and the body more than clothing.”
If the NEGATIVE example in last Sunday’s gospel was a ‘rich fool,’ then the POSITIVE example in this Sunday’s gospel are birds and flowers. Continue reading