I can still remember the actress with the somewhat astonished expression looking at the camera, asking a simple question: “What? Me worry?” It was a standard “schtick” she used time and again. Usually, if memory serves me well, it was in response to some disaster or another that she (the actress) had helped caused.
So, when I read this appointed reading for a Day of Thanksgiving, that actress and her “schtick” came to mind. Unlike the premise of her skit, which usually involved mindless ignorance or some other human failing, I would rather draw your attention to a heartfelt and faithful expression of a Christian’s love for God and trust in His powerful love and mercy. St. Paul said it well in our reading: “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.” (Philippians 4: 6)
This isn’t the attitude of a comic figure like Alfred E. Newman of a certain magazine. It is the confidence and trust that we Christians should seek and pray for! It speaks of the confidence in God that we should have, even if the devil seeks to destroy this confidence and disrupt the confidence we should have that God can and will watch over us, care for us, and provide for us! St. Paul said it very well: “Do not be anxious about anything” Just remember the Gospel promise of John 3:16-18:
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God.
St. Paul wrote in his letter to the Romans: “What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?” (Romans 8:31) In the face of uncertainty, aging, illness, and death, and all the things we dread, one thing is certain: Jesus Christ is our Savior Lord. He who made all things by the power of His Word, and who rescued us from the curses of sin, death, and the devil by going to the cross and grave in our place and then rose victorious on the third day, He is the Peace of God, and He “will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4: 7b)
Have a truly blessed Thanksgiving!