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February 27, 2011: 8th Sunday in Ordinary Time

"Have confidence in the Providence that so far has never failed us... be trustful"

Jesus said to his followers:
“Do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, or about your body, what you will wear. Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet God feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?
(Matthew 6:25-26)

In today’s gospel, Matthew 6:24-34, Jesus speaks of God’s Providence, God’s care for everyone and everything.
If we place our trust in God who provides everything we need, we have no need to worry.
St. Mother Theodore Guerin once said, “Have confidence in the Providence that so far has never failed us… be trustful.” For St. Mother Theodore, Providence was a name for God.

We can’t help but wonder, though, when we see and hear about people who have little or nothing. How is God caring for them?
Let’s think about our role in making certain God’s good gifts are shared with all people. God isn’t the one depriving the poor; people’s greed and selfishness are depriving the poor of what they need.

Action:

Do something this week for those in need. For example, take groceries to a food pantry.

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Sisters of Providence

The Sisters of Providence of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, Indiana, are a congregation of Roman Catholic women religious (sisters) who minister throughout the United States and Taiwan. Saint Mother Theodore Guerin founded the Sisters of Providence in 1840. The congregation has a mission of being God's Providence in the world by committing to performing works of love, mercy and justice in service among God's people.

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