Don’t worry

Friends in the Lord, in the gospel today we find the apostles so very concerned, because they were going across the lake in the boat, and in their haste they had forgotten to bring enough bread to eat. Jesus sees them fretting over this, and he warns them to ‘guard against the leaven of the Pharisees and of Herod.’
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For the Jewish people, leaven was a symbol for human weakness toward sin and corruption; leaven was fermented dough left over from before, and it could easily become moldy and corrupt  So in their complaining about forgetting the bread, Our Lord is poking at them, to not have the faults of the Pharisees and Herod.
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The great fault of both the Pharisees and Herod, was that they trusted only in themselves, not in God. They had to be in control of others and call all the shots, and lord it over others, there was no trust in God’s providence at all.
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But Jesus says to his disciples, ‘You are worried about not having enough bread to eat? Don’t you remember what I just did? We fed 5000 people with a few loaves, don’t you think I can take care of you?
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We worry about so many things that we wish to control, instead of just handing them over to God, and accepting his plan of how it will turn out. If we look back on our life, we see those times of darkness when we didn’t know how we would do it, but it worked out.
– that problem that seemed insoluble, but somehow it was solved
– that broken heart that we thought would never heal
.The Lord has so many times brought us through troubled times, but still, today, we don’t trust him – we fret and worry.
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St. Francis de Sales says that sin is the worst thing that can happen to us; but the next worse thing, is worry. The Holy Spirit can’t work in us if we are full of anxiety, trusting in ourselves instead of God. Putting everything in God’s hands doesn’t mean it will work out the way WE want it to; it doesn’t mean we won’t experience the cross – it means that we are ready to accept however God allows it to work out, because he never gives us more than we can handle, and he is with us every step of the way.
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Lent begins tomorrow. Maybe we can work on trusting God more during this Lent.

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