Pastors Desk: Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time / A

Posted 24th June 2017 in Pastor's Desk

Pastor’s Desk 25th June 2017 - Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time / A
“Do not be Afraid”

do-not-be-afraidThe poet Patrick Kavanagh had a phrase that God is present in the “bits and pieces of life.” And, for most of us, the opportunities to live the Christian life can often be found in the simplest and smallest of circumstances.

St Therese of Lisieux would say to “do the small things with great love” and Saint Teresa of Calcutta said “to be faithful in little things is a great thing.”

In today’s Gospel from St Matthew we are told that God is also concerned with the smaller things in life: “Are two sparrows not sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground without your Father knowing.” In other to emphasise his point further, Matthew adds “even the hairs of your head are counted.”

The Jesuit writer, Father Donal Neary, says that “Jesus is addressing the need for grace in our lives. Jesus encourages us to place our trust in those who care for us and to trust in God who does not want destruction but development.”

Jesus tells us not be afraid three times in this Gospel reading. He is also telling us that his Father cares deeply for those who are prepared to take on the task of witnessing for him in the world. He says to tell people about the Gospel “in the light” and to proclaim it “from the rooftops”. Jesus also makes us a spectacular promise: “Everyone who acknowledges me before others, I will also acknowledge before my Father in heaven.”

Like St Therese, our opportunities to acknowledge Jesus amongst our friends, families and in our communities may seem on less significant end of the scale, they are most certainly no less important for that. The greatest Saints were often those who lived the simplest lives but their contribution to the spreading of the faith has been very important. This is an example for each and every one of us to follow.

Deacon Gerard Reilly

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