Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time–2017
Our God is always Trustworthy:
On this last Sunday before Lent, the Holy Mother Church invites us to drop everything that is hanging on to us, in our hearts and on our minds, and listen to the promise that our God and his Son, Jesus Christ made to us on this Sunday. Prophet Isaiah tells us in the first reading that, “Zion said, "The LORD has forsaken me; my LORD has forgotten me." Can a mother forget her infant, be without tenderness for the child of her womb? Even should she forget, I will never forget you” Let us unpack this instructional catechism! How often do we worry about calamities or disappointments that have befallen us; while at the same time it is obvious that we could not do anything to help change the situation? How often do we blame God, insult Him and castigate Him because we feel that God does not love us, otherwise we would not have found ourselves in those calamities and disappointments? Isaiah reminds you and me to stop going down that route and remember that our God is always trustworthy. In all situations, we must rely on God’s mercy to address our hardships.
Our Lord Jesus Christ in the Gospel of Matthew reechoes the same message of Isaiah, "Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink, or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds in the sky; they do not sow or reap, they gather nothing into barns, yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are not you more important than they?” My dear people of God, if we cannot even know what happens the next second, wouldn’t that be enough proof for us to empty our will and worries to God the Father, through His son, Jesus Christ, so that He can take them from us and relieve us from the stress and anxieties of this life?
Father Uche Obikwelu