Friday, October 14, 2016

Reflection - Luke 12:1-7

Friday of the 28th Week in Ordinary Time - Luke 12:1-7

The Gospel today is a bit sobering. Jesus tells his disciples that everything that is concealed will be revealed. He also tells them that every secret will be made known. For me, this statement is somewhat intimidating and a bit frightening.

Immediately after these words, Jesus completely shifts his focus. He tells his disciples that there is no need to fear when someone threatens to harm you. He reminds that God is always watching over them.

Jesus uses the image of five sparrows that were sold for almost nothing. In Jesus’ time, they simply were a product to buy. Jesus presents a different picture. He tells his listeners that not one of the sparrows escapes God’s attention. Each sparrow is important; each sparrow is significant. Jesus tells his listeners that each one of them is being watched over by a loving and caring God. Do you think they believed him?

Today Jesus is also saying this to each one of us: each and every one of us is deeply significant to God. Do we truly believe and trust what Jesus is saying? Do we believe that we are worth more than many sparrows? If today we are not able to believe this is true, may we pray for the grace to trust and believe that God loves us more than we can ever imagine!

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