TWELFTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME JUNE 21, 2020
A reading from the holy Gospel according to Matthew 10:26-33
Jesus said to the Twelve:
“Fear no one.
Nothing is concealed that will not be revealed,
nor secret that will not be known.
What I say to you in the darkness, speak in the light;
what you hear whispered, proclaim on the housetops.
And 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 in Gehenna.
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.
So do not be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.
Everyone who acknowledges me before others
I will acknowledge before my heavenly Father.
But whoever denies me before others,
I will deny before my heavenly Father.”
REFLECTION : " So do not be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows".
Have you ever played the game of whispering a few words to the person sitting next to you and then having that person whisper the same message to the next person and so on? By the time the last person hears the message, it is not at all how it began at the beginning.
Such is not the case with the Word of God. Jesus reassures us that He will be with us. " So do not be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows".
In Matthew the disciples are being taught by Jesus directly. There is no misunderstanding of the message. Jesus is telling the apostles about the means to salvation. In the course of their journey they will understand the Lord's message. Though Jesus used many parables, the apostles were being taught by the highest authority. And the disciples in turn will pass on to others what their teacher has directly taught them.
The message of God is clear. Filled with excitement we have a responsibility to tell all about Jesus. Not all of us will be preachers. Some will tell what we know about God by our actions, how we treat one another, what we do and say. When we speak to someone about God, let us know our faith. When we set example, let it be clear what Jesus has instructed us.
God Bless You.