Collectively and individually as a nation we seem to be in a constant state of worry. And to be honest there is a lot for us to worry about as a nation.
But you know... How many of you here this morning believe that life would be improved if you spent more time worrying? How many people here would like to be free from everything that causes you to worry? Whether worry is a constant part of your everyday life; whether you experience worry as only a slight distraction or something that completely paralyzes you, I feel confident in saying that we would all like to worry less.
Perhaps the only exceptions are those who seem to be happy when they’re miserable. We worry if we don’t have a job; if we have a job we worry about keeping it. We worry if we are sick; If we are healthy, we worry about getting sick. We worry that our children are never going to leave home; When they do leave home, we worry about them. Someone said, "I have so many worries that if anything happens to me today it will be two weeks before I can get around to worrying about it."
The amazing thing about worry, and we know this from experience, that only a fraction of the things we worry about ever turn out to be real concerns. Most of the time, we worry about things that will never happen or about things in the past that we can never change.
What is this emotion we call worry, anyway? To put it simply... worry is a lack of peace. That’s why we toss and turn in bed at night when something is worrying us. We lack peace because from where we stand it seems that things are beyond our control. We are anxious because we feel helpless and powerless to help ourselves and change things. In Paul's letter to the Philippians today. He gives them and us... this piece of advice. Don’t worry..Pray to God. God’s peace will fill your life.
Let’s face it, we will struggle with worry and anxiety for the rest of our lives. And God knows it!! He knows that we often got all uptight over things that we should simply place into His hands and be at peace. He sent Jesus into the world for exactly those times when we worry instead of looking to God for help.
Jesus came to forgive worriers and to assure them that even their lack of trust in God is forgivable. God’s attitude toward us and His love for us doesn’t change. He holding us tightly, especially in those times when we are worried. Let us praise and thank God that there is no problem too big or too difficult for God to handle. What is there to be anxious about? God's in control. Peace in the face of our problems' is just a prayer away.
I do Communion Services at the Seneca Place Nursing Facility on Dutchman's Lane in Louisville on Wednesdays I was in a lady's room this past Wednesday I saw this bumper sticker laying on her table. I said Ms. Kaufman this is the exact message of my homily this weekend can I borrow it, I'll bring it back. I guess she could see I really wanted it She said... no Honey that's OK you can have it.
It's a saying from Saint Padre Pio PRAY, HOPE AND DON'T WORRY!
It's Padre Pio's message It's St. Paul's message It's God's message and it's my message to you today! PRAY, HOPE AND DON'T WORRY!
Preached at Saint Francis Xavier Parish, Mount Washington, Kentucky on October 8, 2017