Our Private Penance

We tend to worry most when we are uncertain of an outcome or not in control of a situation. Maybe it is uncertainty about our career, a financial problem or the future of our children.

We are experiencing widespread uncertainty not just here in Europe, but worldwide. We have valid concerns, but what about children? What do they worry about? Children worry when a loved one is sick or what their grades might be. They worry when adults argue. Children turn to their parents for guidance and comfort. We tell them that everything will be okay – they trust and believe us. Where do we turn when we are worried? Who do we trust and believe?

In the Gospel for the 8th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Jesus tells his disciples not to worry. “Do not worry about tomorrow; tomorrow will take care of itself.” We want to be able to reassure our children when they worry. Parents know what their children need. It’s the same with God. He gives us exactly what we need. When we seek the kingdom of God and his righteousness, he will take care of the rest. Don’t worry.