Gospel: Matthew 6:24-34
Comment: Last week we saw that the conversion spoken of in Jesus command to "be perfect" is a filial one. This week we hear Jesus calling us to entrust ourselves wholly and freely to the Father's providential care: "Jesus asks for childlike abandonment to the providence of our heavenly Father who takes care of his children's smallest needs" (360).
Paragraph 270 spells three primary ways in which God is "Father" to us:
God is the Father Almighty, whose fatherhood and power shed light on one another: God reveals his fatherly omnipotence by the way he takes care of our needs; by the filial adoption that he gives us... finally by his infinite mercy, for he displays his power at its height by freely forgiving sins.
2659 has a pretty crucial paraphrase of the famous command to "not worry about tomorrow":
"Jesus' teaching about praying to our Father is in the same vein as his teaching about providence: time is in the Father's hands; it is in the present that we encounter him, not yesterday nor tomorrow, but today."'
And the winner of the most unexpected use of this passage goes to 2416, which cites this passage to reinforce the Church's teaching that animals too are part of God's good creation, and that "by their mere existence they bless him and give him glory."