Second Sunday before Lent 23.2.14 Matthew 6: 25-end

18 02 2014

Faith or Worry

This passage has been selected to connect with the ‘creation’ theme – but perhaps takes us close to the heart of contemporary spiritual issues.

Reflection

To help give shape to the reflection here are three types of question: head questions, heart questions and hand questions. They are about our intellectual response, our emotional response and our practical or behavioural response. I hope that you will want to work at all three levels.

Head Questions

  1. Why does Jesus so emphasise not worrying?
  2. Is Jesus right when he implies that worrying never makes a positive difference?
  3. ‘Eating, drinking, wearing’ – what is the significance of this list of worries?

Heart Questions

  1. What do you worry about – mostly?
  2. How might your life be different if you were to spend more time looking at the birds of the air?
  3. What is it that pulls you unhelpfully out of “today”?

Hand Questions

  1. What practical advice would you give to someone troubled by worry or chronic anxiety?
  2. Can you identify two or three things that most people of faith would be inclined to worry about?
  3. How can you help others to feel worthy?

Finally

These questions are intended to challenge you to engage more closely with the passage and to hear and feel what it has to say to you. That’s more than a five-minute task. And so is the follow-up, working out what you might want to say to others as a result of engaging with the passage with head, heart and hands. Take your time.

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