“The Lord has forsaken me; my Lord has forgotten me.” This sentences come very often from our hearts especially when we are in very difficult situation. The people of Israel had the same feeling when they were in exile in Babylon. However in the first reading prophet Isaiah spoke on behalf of God: “ Can a mother forget her infant, be without tenderness for the child of her womb? Even should she forget, I will never forget you, said the Lord”. God is ever faithful, without regard to the failures of the Hebrews. He tells the Hebrews in exile that even if a mother could forget the child of her womb, God will never forget the Hebrews. The faithfulness of God is constant and overflowing. Similarly in today’s gospel Jesus provides additional evidence to the faithfulness of God. God takes care of the birds of the sky; will God not even more faithful in taking care of his greatest creation, humanity? Jesus tells his disciples that they should stop worrying and express greater faith. God will take care of them if they will only trust him.
Faithfulness is a quality that we badly need in our world. We need to be people who are faithful in every aspect of life. We must be faithful in our relationships with one another – marriage, friendships, associations at work, or relations with neighbors down the street. It is very easy to fall away from being faithful to our relationships, whatever they might be, and thus the challenge presented by Jesus in the gospel is significant. We must be faithful to our responsibilities, at home, at work, in our town or city, and with our church. We cannot walk away or be lazy when it comes to our responsibilities. If we lack fidelity in our responsibilities and to others, we are in essence being irresponsible and faithless to God. Our formal faith as exercised through prayer, celebration of the sacraments, and participation in the community of faith – that is, the church – expresses our faithfulness to God, but we do so also through our fidelity to one another and our responsibilities.
Fr. Jonas msc