The Good News for the Day, June 25, 2017
Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time (94)
Jesus says to this closest friends and followers: “Don’t be afraid of anybody; Nothing is kept hidden that does not eventually come to light, nor a secret that will not become known. What I am telling you under cover of night, you speak in daylight; what you hear whispered, proclaim in the most public way possible. Oh, and do not be afraid of those people who kill the outer body but cannot kill the inner self; rather, be afraid of anyone who can destroy both inner self and outer body to be thrown out as junk into Gehenna. Aren’t a couple of little ritual sacrificial sparrows sold for very little money? Yet none of them falls to the ground without your Father’s knowing it. Even every hair of your head is counted. So, don’t be afraid—you are worth more than a flock of 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.” (Matthew 10)
Once you “get it” that the Creator of the Universe is Your Daddy, you see that what is important is the permanence—the eternity in this moment –how it looks to God. Not whether you live or die–or whether you win or lose–or whether you are popular or hated.
You have said “yes” to God’s world—not that you just accept evil and walk away—no, you work to heal what needs fixing; you choose to forgive; you choose to serve; you choose to love as your Father in heaven—loves—every breath, every hair on your head—every moment of your life.
Don’t be afraid. Bad things happen to good people. People take advantage of you. That is irrelevant. What is important is right now—the eternity of this moment, the lasting choice to care—which is exactly HOW you acknowledge Jesus and His father—by Being the responsible Child, by being the living Jesus, resurrected and alive in this moment. Denial is in denying the truth of God’s world. Peace is in the acceptance.