A disciple is not above the teacher, nor a slave above the master; it is enough for the disciple to be like the teacher, and the slave like the master. If they have called the master of the house Beelzebul, how much more will they malign those of his household! So have no fear of them; for nothing is covered up that will not be uncovered, and nothing secret that will not become known. What I say to you in the dark, tell in the light; and what you hear whispered, proclaim from the housetops.
Do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul; rather fear him who can destroy both soul and body in hell. Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father. And even the hairs of your head are all counted. So do not be afraid; you are of more value than many sparrows. Everyone therefore who acknowledges me before others, I also will acknowledge before my Father in heaven; but whoever denies me before others, I also will deny before my Father in heaven.
New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved. http://www.usccb.org/bible/approved-translations
Jesus speaks to us in today’s gospel about the need to remember our place in relationship to God. We are subservient to and in darkness about the Lord’s plan, but that all will be revealed.
We are encouraged not to fear. God knows all and protects all. We are to proclaim Him in word and deed. God wants us to love.
This passage is timely in light of several events over the last several weeks:
What fears do these events elicit in you? How do you continue to hold God’s light with these and other events in your life?
—Jenni and Dan O’Brien. Dan serves as regional development director for the Wisconsin Province Jesuits. Jenni is the mother of two young children and a psychotherapist specializing in depression, anxiety, and adjustment issues with teens and adults.
Thank you, holy God, that you love me so wonderfully, even when I find it hard to understand and love myself. Strengthen me for the work of this day, in the relaxation of this weekend, in my adventures with family and friends. I bless you for all those good people who open my heart to your boundless grace. Amen.Please share the Good Word with your friends!