This is a Catholic bible reflection of Matthew Chapter 6: 25-34, Dependence on God. In this post, I share with you my reflections on this scripture passage from the Gospel according to Matthew. Today was the Catechist retreat at my local parish. During the retreat, we were asked to pray a Lectio Divina along with this passage. As a result, I felt inspired to share with you my personal reflections.
Matthew Chapter 6: 25-34
“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? Can any of you by worrying add a single moment to your life-span? Why are you anxious about clothes?
Learn from the way the wildflowers grow.
They do not work or spin. But I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was clothed like one of them. If God so clothes the grass of the field, which grows today and is thrown into the oven tomorrow, will he not much more provide for you, O you of little faith? So do not worry and say, ‘What are we to eat?’ or ‘What are we to drink?’ or ‘What are we to wear? All these things the pagans seek. Your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. But seek first the kingdom [of God] and his righteousness,* and all these things will be given you besides. Do not worry about tomorrow; tomorrow will take care of itself. Sufficient for a day is its own evil.
At first, when reading this passage the first thing that stood out to me was “all these things the pagans seek,” and the emphasis on “tomorrow; tomorrow“. I think I know why this stood out to me first. Yesterday I was listening to the Jeff Cavins show podcast, the episode titled, Tarot Cards, Ouija Boards, and Astrology: Are They Dangerous?
In that episode, Jeff Cavins speaks about the sin and danger of divination – “the practice of seeking knowledge of the future or the unknown by supernatural means”. Divination is a mortal sin against the first commandment. Jeff Cavins also explains the primary reason why people fall into committing the sin of divination. That is because they do not trust in God’s providence. As a result, they seek any way they can to learn about what will happen tomorrow. Little do they know, it could cost them their soul.
None of us know what will happen tomorrow. Specifically, there is no natural way of peeking into the future. There is only the supernatural. Jeff Cavins warns the dangers of seeking supernatural means for looking into the future. Moreover, he talks about satan mentioned in 1 Peter 5:8 “the devil is prowling around like a roaring lion looking for [someone] to devour”. As a result, when one seeks divination the devil will be there to lie to you and cause you harm.
This is why the emphasis on ‘tomorrow‘ really stuck out to me. As well as, “all these things the pagans seek“.
My Second Reflection
“But Seek First the Kingdom of God”
Secondly, what stood out to me was the phrase, “seek first the kingdom [of God]”.
I love the book Consoling the Heart of Jesus by Marian Father, Michael E. Gaitley. This book is a do it yourself retreat guide inspired by the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius.
As Christians we are called to place God above all things and to let go of worldly possessions and attachments – yes that means your anxieties as well. But let’s be honest, this is no easy task.
In his book, Michael Gaitley offers a simple solution taken directly from this Gospel that lightens the load of giving up everything. That solution is, putting the kingdom of God first. Michael Gaitley refers to this as focusing on “the first thing“. Everything else – and I mean – absolutely everything else comes second in priority.
My Third Reflection
Learn from the way the wildflowers grow.
Lastly, “learn from the way the wildflowers grow” stood out to me in the Gospel of Matthew Chapter 6: 25-34. This was the most striking part of the scripture. Especially as a direct contrast to, “But I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was clothed like one of them.”
Here is a simple poem I wrote and shared with others who attended the retreat:
What can I, a conscience being learn from an unconscious flower?
So little and motionless. It only moves by the way that the wind blows.
Slowly, over a long period of time maybe it will grow an inch closer to the sun.
But look at its splendor.
It’s colorful petals, soft with a sweet aroma.
Its petals are wide open as if in praise of its Creator.
God clothes it with beauty and a sweet scent.
Once wise, Solomon died a fool.
Failing to praise his God,
God is both truth and love.
Foolishness is straying from the true God.
Once a lowly nun studied the tiniest of flowers.
She wished to praise God like the flower.
Opened her heart like its petals
Wholeheartedly, oriented towards the Lord.
Receiving grace like the rays of the sun.
She died a wise Saint – a doctor of the church.
Wisdom is learning to praise
in the way of the Little Flower
I hope you enjoyed this post on the Gospel of Matthew Chapter 6: 25-34 passage. Be sure to check out my other bible reflection, Psalm 37.