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FRIDAY OF THE TWENTY-EIGHTH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME OCTOBER 15, 2021 ST TERESA OF JESUS



A reading of the holy Gospel according to Lk 12:1-7


At that time: So many people were crowding together that they were trampling one another underfoot. Jesus began to speak, first to his disciples, “Beware of the leaven–that is, the hypocrisy–of the Pharisees. “There is nothing concealed that will not be revealed, nor secret that will not be known. Therefore whatever you have said in the darkness will be heard in the light, and what you have whispered behind closed doors will be proclaimed on the housetops. I tell you, my friends, do not be afraid of those who kill the body but after that can do no more. I shall show you whom to fear. Be afraid of the one who after killing has the power to cast into Gehenna; yes, I tell you, be afraid of that one. Are not five sparrows sold for two small coins? Yet not one of them has escaped the notice of God. Even the hairs of your head have all been counted. Do not be afraid. You are worth more than many sparrows.”



REFLECTION

Do not be afraid.


The Gospel of the Word is the Truth. So many were present that they trampled over each other to hear Him.

God knows all, taking notice of each one in the crowded room: their dark secrets, their sins and their hypocrisy. We are told to have a reverential fear of the all knowing God. This fear is one of not wanting to offend Him.

Yet, we are also told not to fear the One who loves with mercy and kindness, who works for our eternal salvation. No fear in begging His forgiveness, no fear in loving Him and placing all trust in His Will. No fear that we will be safe in His strong arms as He carries us over perilous terrains.

But the greatest fear is to lose God for eternity. St Teresa of Jesus understood this very well. As she did, we too, should be patient in our walk with God, do penance, alms give, and in silence wait on the Lord.


God bless you.


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