“Don’t worry. Be Happy.”
This phrase was introduced into pop culture in 1988
by a song of the same title by Bobby McFerrin.
2000 years ago, Jesus introduced to his listeners a similar phrase.
He said, “don’t worry. Be faithful. Be patient.”
The seeds of the Kingdom of God have been planted in the soil of the present world.
It’s growth is guaranteed by God. A great harvest will come at the end of the age.
The growth process that occurs from planting to harvest pretty much takes care of itself.
You don’t have to analyze it. And it is of no help to be anxious about it.
With the inauguration of the Kingdom of God,
a new reality regarding human life comes into existence.
With this advent, human concern and striving are given a new orientation.
The Christian, the follower of Jesus, does not draw life from this world.
Believers no longer belong to this world.
We belong to the world that is to come and must strive after this future world.
Underlying this necessary re-orientation
is a truth about our human lives: we are in fact controlled by that
for which, about which, after which, and concerning which we care.
If we are anxious about, and allow ourselves to be tormented by, the cares of this world,
we will fall victim to this world.
And the tendency is for this world to lead us to apostasy (defection from our faith).
There is also a danger of coming to believe that we can secure our life by our own striving.
Our self-understanding: “who am I?”
and the understanding we have about life: “why am I here and where am I going?”
must undergo a transformation.
As Christians, the only way we can find rest in this hostile world,
is to rely wholly on the Spirit given to us from the world to come.
And true life in this Spirit cannot be affected by anything in the present world.
Little, and some would say “nothing” is achieved by worrying. It is futile.
For the Christian worry is unnecessary.
The future for which we strive is not in our hands. It’s in God’s hands.
Yes, there is and will be uncertainty, but this uncertainty need not cause anxiety.
The coming of the Kingdom of God is under God’s control.
We must all deal with this world’s difficulties and troubles.
Jesus tells us as he told those who first listened to him:
“Don’t worry. Be faithful, be patient.”
Do not give in to discouragement or impatience.
By God’s hidden and gradual action, His Kingdom is growing.
And an abundant harvest is guaranteed.
3rd Week in Ordinary Time
“Don’t worry. Be Happy.”