Sunday, June 25, 2023
READINGS: JER 20:10-13; PS 69:8-10, 14, 17, 33-35; ROM 5:12-15; MT 10:26-33
The readings this Sunday call us to tackle the challenging issues of fear and trust — two concepts that must be confronted and dealt with by all of us who wish to live as Catholic Christians.
The Lord knows that facing down our fears and choosing to trust Him with all areas of our lives is an ongoing challenge for us. He is generous with reassurances to us throughout the Scriptures. Today’s Gospel passage from Matthew is a case in point. In the span of eight verses, Jesus addresses the topic of fear four times.
• “Fear no one.”
• “Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul.”
• “Rather, be afraid of the one who can destroy both soul and body.”
• “So do not be afraid.”
And the reassurance continues. “Are not two sparrows sold for a small coin? Yet not one of them falls to the ground without your Father’s knowledge. Even all the hairs of your head are counted.” Notice that Jesus says, “your Father” in describing God’s intimate knowledge and tender care for each one of us. He is truly “Abba” (our Dad), who knows us inside and out.
With that, let us all breathe a huge sigh of relief. All is well. Our Father knows us through and through, sent His Son to save us, and will always take care of us.
Let’s stop wasting any more time with fear. Instead, let’s put all our energy, all our time, our talents, and our material resources into trusting this great and loving God, using all that we are and all that He has given us to bring Him glory.