Day 8 – January 8

Today’s Readings:

Genesis 15-16
Matthew 6:19-34
Psalm 8

“Do not be anxious about tomorrow…Let the day’s own trouble be sufficient for the day.”

It’s easy for us to get caught up in our worries about what the future will bring. Abram worried too. In the book of Genesis we read how he feared for the future, thinking he would not have an heir to carry on the family line. Yet, in the nature of his worry, he overcame it through believing and trusting in the word of God. We read (Genesis 15:5-6):

“And the Lord brought Abram outside and said, “Look toward heaven, and number the stars, if you are able to number them.” Then he said to him, “So shall your descendants be.” And Abram believed the Lord; and he reckoned it to him as righteousness.

Abram had a justified concern for the future, but he was able to pull away from his worry, place it in God’s hands, and trust. We can imagine the echo of Jesus’ words of God’s care in the story:

  • Look at the birds of the air…your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?
  • Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow…even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.
  • …your heavenly Father knows that you need them all.

The saints are heroic examples for us, having a capacity of trust in the midst of trial, roadblocks, opposition and persecution. One such saint was Saint Maria Faustina Kowalska, the polish Sister who was instructed by Jesus to paint the image of the Divine Mercy. At the foot of the image the following words are written: “Jesus, I trust in You!”

Lord Jesus, we do trust you, we want to place all our worry and concern into your loving heart. Take them, and transform them to a mountain of faith.

May God bless you!



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