Do not worry. While it is easy to tell someone not to worry, the fact that Jesus needs to address this in today’s gospel, in concrete and specific ways, means that is not so easy to avoid worry and anxiety in our lives. Unlike yesterday, where the concern seemed to be as much about those possessions that are not needed for survival, today’s concerns are practical and concrete. Today’s concerns are necessary. We need clothing, shelter, food.
And so it seems quite natural that people would be concerned about such things. Careful attention needs to be paid to what it is that Jesus is saying in today’s gospel. He certainly is not suggesting that we should not be concerned about those things that keep us alive. In fact, again and again in the Bible, we hear about the importance of caring for these basic needs when they are wanting either in our lives or in the lives of others.