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Issue #11: Each Day Has Enough Trouble of Its Own

Issue #11: Each Day Has Enough Trouble of Its Own
By Aurelio Porfiri • Issue #11 • View online
“Each day has enough trouble of its own,” because in reality we do not know what the future holds, and we often risk making the future evil in our thoughts because we project our negative expectations on it…

The favorite sport of these times of pandemic is the forced closure inside our homes and predicting what will happen next, and we are all scrambling to find solutions for the problems that will certainly befall us. But, after all, this is an attitude that we have for all the things in our lives – we are always living in the future and in the past out of fear, including the fear of facing the present. But there is a difference between a healthy fear and unhealthy fear. The first is a right attitude towards the Divine Majesty, while unhealthy fear can sometimes become continuous panic, which is a bit like what we are seeing happen now. 
One of the sayings of Jesus comes to mind, when he says, “Each day has enough trouble of its own.” This sentence is in the context of a passage in the Gospel of Matthew (6:25-34) that reads as follows: 
“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink, or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds in the sky; they do not sow or reap, they gather nothing into barns, yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are not you more important than they? Can any of you by worrying add a single moment to your life-span?Why are you anxious about clothes? Learn from the way the wild flowers grow. They do not work or spin. But I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was clothed like one of them. If God so clothes the grass of the field, which grows today and is thrown into the oven tomorrow, will he not much more provide for you, O you of little faith? So do not worry and say, ‘What are we to eat?’ or ‘What are we to drink?’ or ‘What are we to wear?’ All these things the pagans seek. Your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be given you besides. Do not worry about tomorrow; tomorrow will take care of itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”
And yet we know that such a “pagan” approach is truly the most common way people live in our society. We live either in the future or in the past but never quite succeed in living in the present moment. 
“Each day has enough trouble of its own,” because in reality we do not know what the future holds, and we often risk making the future evil in our thoughts because we project our negative expectations on it. It is just like someone who is always convinced he is sick and is certain that he is going to get a devastating illness, and then his mental fear causes his body become truly sick, thereby making his prediction come true! In other words, he caused the very problem he predicted. But this is not the only case – there are many. This does not mean that we should not use prudence in providing for our future necessities, but we must try first of all to live rooted in what we are at the present time in order to give birth to what we will be and to see ourselves again in what we have been, because the past too can help us to live more fully hic et nunc, not simply in order to reconstruct “what really happened” according to perhaps unattainable desire of the famous German historian Leopold von Ranke.
Fr. Luigi Maria Epicoco comments on the passage from Matthew in these words: 
“Someone who worries is always living one step ahead of his life, and thus does not have time to taste his life here and now. Someone who worries lives with anxiety about what ought to happen instead of having gratitude for what is happening. We all ought to learn how to be present “right here” a bit more instead of worrying and thus going “somewhere else” in our minds. We should return a bit more to the present reality. Someone who worries no longer sees the face of their husband or wife, the faces of their children and their friends, the blue sky or the shining summer rain. Someone who worries sees only problems to resolve and not things to be thankful for anyways. Someone who worries does not have time to smile because “life is a serious thing.” It is so serious that there are days when one wonders if it is truly worth living like this. And so Jesus was right when he reminded us of a very simple thing: “Do not worry about tomorrow; tomorrow will take care of itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” You see, it is difficult to live in the present moment; it is perhaps the hardest thing to do – trying to do so quickly reveals the imperfection of our spiritual life. But climbing the mountain that is God is accomplished by taking an infinite number of tiny steps in the present moment. The problem is that we are afraid of trusting God; we all fear this, and I am the first one to say that I do.”
In his general audience of October 24, 2012, Pope Benedict XVI said: 
“Faith is believing in this love of God that is never lacking in the face of human wickedness, in the face of evil and death, but is capable of transforming every kind of slavery, giving us the possibility of salvation. Having faith, then, is meeting this “You” – God – who supports me and grants me the promise of an indestructible love that not only aspires to eternity but gives it; it means entrusting myself to God with the attitude of a child, who knows well that all his difficulties, all his problems are understood in the “you” of his mother. And this possibility of salvation through faith is a gift that God offers all men and women. I think we should meditate more often — in our daily life, marked by problems and at times by dramatic situations — on the fact that believing in a Christian manner means my trusting abandonment to the profound meaning that sustains me and the world, that meaning that we are unable to give to each other but can only receive as a gift, and that is the foundation on which we can live without fear. And we must be able to proclaim this liberating and reassuring certainty of faith with words and show it by living our life as Christians.”
But we continue to reject this gift of faith, because we prefer to live in fear. We prefer to be enslaved to ourselves. 
Translated by Giuseppe Pellegrino @pellegrino2020
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