As for you, do not seek what you are to eat and what you are to drink, and do not worry anymore. All the nations of the world seek for these things, and your Father knows that you need them. Instead, seek his kingdom, and these other things will be given you besides.
Do we trust that He will provide us with everything we need? There’s a famous story of Mother Teresa and a visiting priest, Fr. John Kavanaugh, S.J. Fr. Kavanaugh traveled to India to spend a year in prayerful and humble service, and chose to work in The House of the Dying in Calcutta. When he met Mother Teresa, he asked her to pray for him. Kavanaugh didn’t know whether God was calling him to stay abroad and work with the poor, or to go back to the United States to teach.
“And what can I do for you?”
“Pray that I have clarity.”
“No, I will not do that.”
Surprised at her answer, Fr. Kavanaugh asked her why. She said, “Clarity is the last thing you are clinging to and must let go of.”
Fr. Kavanaugh commented that she always seemed to have clarity. Mother Teresa laughed and said, “I have never had clarity; what I have always had is trust. So I will pray that you trust God.”
Like Mother Teresa, a person who is not afraid is a person who has a deep sense of trust. We must cultivate trust in our spiritual life because God's ways are not our ways - we will not always immediately understand the Lord's work in our lives. Yet, trusting in his loving care for us, we can be certain He is working for our good. Trust is a fundamental attitude we see called for in the scriptures and one that is so hard to attain. How often do we lack trust, or want to be in control?
We’re not made to save the world, and we’re not made to save ourselves. We are His beloved creatures who are simply called to share in His love. If God feeds and protects the birds, the animals, and the plants, how much more would the Father feed and protect us! If we understand that we will never be abandoned by Him, how much easier it is to take on our actual task, to love and serve those around us.
You can see how peace emerges from this way of living; it brings humanity to the world. Our hearts yearn for love and connection, and understanding that trust first is key to going forth and being the light of peace to the world. Grounding ourselves first in Christ, we can then begin our mission to be Christ for others.
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