Monday, November 7, 2016

Seek the Kingdom Rather than Politicians

With the election of the new United States President planned for tomorrow, what a great gift we have (if we choose to accept the gift) in today’s Gospel Reading.
Luke 12:13-15, 22-31 (RSV) - At that time, while Jesus was teaching one of the multitude said to him, "Teacher, bid my brother divide the inheritance with me." But he said to him, "Man, who made me a judge or divider over you?" And he said to them, "Take heed, and beware of all covetousness; for a man's life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions." And he said to his disciples, "Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you shall eat, nor about your body, what you shall put on. For life is more than food, and the body more than clothing. Consider the ravens: they neither sow nor reap, they have neither storehouse nor barn, and yet God feeds them. Of how much more value are you than the birds! And which of you by being anxious can add a cubit to his span of life? If then you are not able to do as small a thing as that, why are you anxious about the rest? Consider the lilies, how they grow; they neither toil nor spin; yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass which is alive in the field today and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, how much more will he clothe you, O men of little faith! And do not seek what you are to eat and what you are to drink, nor be of anxious mind. For all the nations of the world seek these things; and your Father knows that you need them. Instead, seek his kingdom, and these things shall be yours as well."

This year’s presidential election has been a rollercoaster of slander served upon scandal. Each candidate has been accusing the other of dangerous ruin for our nation if elected. It might seem we have nothing to be hopeful for in the future of our nation. Yet our Lord says, “Do not be anxious about your life.” Politicians come and go, but Christ and His Church are eternal. Vote but do not be anxious. Participate in the debate but do not place your hope in the economy or health care system. Seek the kingdom rather than politicians!

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