Saturday, July 9, 2016
Reflection: Matthew 10:24-33
Saturday of the 14th Week in Ordinary Time – Matthew 10:24-33
Today, Jesus shares many proverbs with his disciples. He talks about light and darkness, whispering and proclaiming. Jesus tells his disciples that there is “no need for them to be afraid.” He reassures them: “Everything will be revealed and all secrets will be made known.” Jesus then speaks the value of every creature, even two little sparrows.
Jesus is making the point that God knows everything about us, down to the number of hairs we have on our heads. God cares deeply about each of us, and God always will care of us. We do not need to be afraid, even when life is difficult and confusing. The challenge for us is that when life is painful or frightening, most of us naturally become afraid. It is not that we don’t have faith in Jesus; rather, we simply may be overwhelmed by the challenges and difficulties in our lives. And at these times, it may seem that there is no way out.
During these times, it may be helpful once again to read the Gospel for today and take Jesus’ words to heart: “Even the hairs of your head are counted. So do not be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.”
Today I invite you to bring any worries and anxieties you have to Jesus. Simply place your worries, fears or your pain in his hands. Then sit quietly with Jesus for 5-10 minutes. May Jesus bless you with deep trust and deep peace!