“Do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing?” So Jesus reminds us in our gospel lesson today.
What a troubling lesson to have as the humanitarian crises around the world exacerbate. From Puerto Rico to St. Thomas to Florida to Houston, the need seems overwhelming. It almost sounds crass for these words to come to us today. The people of Puerto Rico better focus on what they will eat or drink, because people are dying!! So what is going on? What is Jesus saying?
Jesus came and preached a gospel of action. He wasn’t asking us to sit around and not do anything about it – but warning against the “worry” aspect of it. Worrying often does little good. Action, on the other hand, does.
His call today is as much ACTION to the rest of us as it is “Do not worry” to those in the midst of crisis. If we are truly a Christian community we will find ourselves invigorated with action so no one needs to be caught up in worrying about basic human needs like food, shelter, clean water, adequate health care.
I hope that instead of worrying today about the people of Puerto Rico or those in the crosshairs of chaos in Las Vegas, instead we engage in ACTION. This may mean action for those in need in our midst. Or it may mean getting globally engaged and fighting hunger, poverty, terrorism on a grander scale.
I am tired of watching our elected officials detach from the needs of others and look out for only their well-being. I am tired of the fiscal irresponsibility especially of our state legislator. So unless they shape up and start responding to the needs around them, I am going to use my voice, my money, and my votes to throw them out of office. We need a little more action around here and a little less hand-wringing.