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So do not worry ... Your Heavenly Father knows you need them all
Isaiah 49:14-15; Psalms 62:2-3;6-9; 1 Corinthians 4:1-5; Matthew 6:24-34

Sermon Week Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time Cycle A

Scripture Summary Matthew 6:31,32

Some of you are familiar with the "Urban Dictionary," which is described as a crowd-sourced online dictionary of slang words and phrases, founded in 1999 as a parody of the traditional online resources. So if you'd like to find out if a word is still in common usage -- especially among our youth -- then this is one place to start. For example, you will find that the familiar term "uptight," -- which was first used in the 1930s -- is still alive and kicking according to the Urban Dictionary, and for obvious reasons will remain fashionable for a long time to come.

According to some social scientists, the "uptight" person is not neurotic, but normal. It is fashionable, it seems, to get uptight about all sorts of things that everyone else is uptight about. It is fashionable, it seems, to be uptight about "getting ahead"; uptight about paying the bills; uptight about political problems; uptight about social problems; even uptight about being uptight.

In her recent book, "Uptight and in Your Face," psychologist Nina Brown identifies the hallmarks of the those afflicted with this condition in more serious terms. . .

"Anxious people," she says, "worry excessively, even when there is nothing substantial in their world to produce the worry; they fret over inconsequential matters, fantasize possible danger to the self that demands their constant alertness, remain tense and edgy, and expend considerable energy and effort on remaining safe. They stay in a constant state of fearing abandonment and destruction." Sounds exhausting, doesn't it?

And so it seems that the uptight person is enslaved by an inflated sense of his or her ability to manage the future. But as a community of Christians, we know we should not be uptight about tomorrow -- fearing abandonment and destruction -- or worse yet, tomorrow's tomorrows -- for tomorrow belongs to God. And if you want to give God a good laugh, just tell Him your plans for the future.

In today's Gospel, we have these words of assurance from our Lord: "So do not worry; do not say, 'What are we to eat? What [...]


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