Human beings must take care of themselves.
Human beings must take care of each other.
These are the fundamental truths that underlie many debates nowadays, as people from various political and philosophical backgrounds debate how much care should be given by whom and by what means.
Sadly , these debates are too often crippled by political positioning and the favorite “easy answers” of the various parties in these debates.
We must care for ourselves and we must care for each other, but today’s readings remind us that God also cares for us.
The first reading (Isaiah 30:19-21, 23-26) and the Responsorial (Psalm 147:1-2, 3-4, 5-6) are messianic prophecies of God caring for his people.
The Gospel (Matthew 9:35-10:1, 5a, 6-8) shows the care the Messiah Himself had in the days when He walked this earth.
We must care for ourselves and we must care for each other, but we also must continually pray to the Lord for the care and the love and the grace that only He can provide.