One Day at a Time

Homily for Saturday of the Seventeenth Week in Ordinary Time
Preached on August 3, 2019 at the Archabbey Church of Our Lady of Einsiedeln, Saint Meinrad Archabbey, St. Meinrad IN
Readings: Leviticus 25:1, 8-17; Psalm 67:2-3, 5, 7-8; Matthew 14:1-12

In an age obsessed with productivity, a year of jubilee is seen as a waste of time. There is so much that can be done, so many things that can be accomplished, so much more money that can be earned in the course of an entire year. To spend all that time neither sowing nor reaping nor picking (cf. Lv. 25:11) is to throw countless opportunities down the drain. Surely there is wisdom in working hard today to save up for a rainy day.

Yet, through this wild idea of a jubilee, the Lord invites us to put our lives entirely in His hands. He asks us to trust Him—to trust that He will provide for us exactly what we need: nothing more, nothing less. He asks us not to rely on what we have, on what others owe us, or on what we can do. He bids us to bank solely on His blessings.

But, can we really let go and let God be in charge for an entire year? Can we attempt to surrender to His will at least once in a half-century? Can we even let go and let God be in control for a lifetime?

That is probably too much for many of us to commit to right now. That is why the Lord teaches us instead to pray today for our daily bread (cf. Mt. 6:11; Lk. 11:3); not for a weekly allowance, not for an annual salary, not even for a lifetime guarantee, but for our daily bread. Jubilee will come in due course. Let us take it one day at a time, He says, and then we will go from there.

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~ by Fr. Mateo Zamora, OSB on Saturday, August 3, 2019.

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