Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time
February 26, 2017
I’ll admit it, I enjoy shopping for clothes. When my mom was alive, she always knew how to pick clothes which looked good on me. Even after I had grown up, she still delighted in occasionally shopping with me for clothes. She had good taste, and since she had worked in a tailor shop years before—she knew the good stuff when she saw it.
So it’s with a bit of a challenge that I hear Jesus’ words today from the Gospel of Matthew: “Why are you anxious about clothes?” These words are accompanied by other, similar questions, all focused on how we get anxious about things that are superficial. What’s important is the reign of God, God’s “righteousness,” Jesus tells us.
One Scripture scholar defines “righteousness” as “justice,” or—more simply—“making things right.” In the Christian’s vocation to be part of God’s reign, to “make things right” in our world, we’re to set aside all worries about externals. Even as we take care of necessities for our families and ourselves, we’re to do so with a healthy helping of trust in God. Jesus assures us that God will provide, will look after us even as God cares for the birds of the sky or the grass of the field.
I’ve never once asked, “Where do the birds of the sky shop for clothes?” Maybe I should keep that in mind the next time I pass through the men’s department!