Today’s Reading: Matthew 6:24-34
Daily Lectionary: Deuteronomy 4:1-20; Matthew 7:13-29

Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing?” (Matthew 6:25)

In the Name + of Jesus. Amen. Don’t worry about food and drink and clothing? Isn’t that what teenagers live for? Take that paycheck and go eat some fast food. How about shop at the mall? Put gas in your car? The adults worry about that stuff, too, but it’s just bigger: house payments and car payments and their kid’s tuition or whatever.

Life is more than food and clothing. Easy to say. But not for us to live by. We love the things of this world when we have them and we worry when we don’t think we’ll get what we need or want.

That’s why Jesus lived His earthly life in true contentment. Not because He’s just the kind of guy that doesn’t care about that stuff. He didn’t worry about clothing and food and things like that because He knew His Father would provide. But more than that: He didn’t worry about that so His not-worrying would be credited to you.

On the cross, your worrying and coveting and intense love of the stuff of this world is laid upon Jesus and made His. On Calvary, Jesus is the worrier and coveter and His blood wipes out your worrying and coveting.

In your Baptism, His not-worrying and His not-coveting are draped around you. Because of His forgiveness, the Lord doesn’t hold your sins against you and, instead, bestows upon you all that is His Son’s. In fact, in Jesus, He gives you all the clothing and food you need! The clothing of Christ’s righteousness is laid upon you at the font and the food of everlasting life is given to you in the Sacrament of the Altar. And if the Lord gives you THAT kind of clothing and food, the kind we need for this life is no problem for Him at all! So we’ll let Him worry about that and know that He takes care of us. In the Name + of Jesus. Amen.

O Lord, we implore You, let Your continual pity cleanse and defend Your Church, and because she cannot continue in safety without Your help, preserve her evermore by Your help and goodness; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen. (Collect for Trinity 15)

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