12th Sunday of Ordinary Time, 21st June 2020
Gospel : Matthew 10:26-33
Jesus instructed the Twelve as follows: ‘Do not be afraid of them therefore. For everything that is now covered will be uncovered, and everything now hidden will be made clear. What I say to you in the dark, tell in the daylight; what you hear in whispers, proclaim from the housetops.
‘Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul; fear him rather who can destroy both body and soul in hell. Can you not buy two sparrows for a penny? And yet not one falls to the ground without your Father knowing. Why, every hair on your head has been counted. So there is no need to be afraid; you are worth more than hundreds of sparrows.
‘So if anyone declares himself for me in the presence of men, I will declare myself for him in the presence of my Father in heaven. But the one who disowns me in the presence of men, I will disown in the presence of my Father in heaven.
The Gospel of the Lord.
Fr Donal Neary, S.J
Gospel Reflections for the Year of Matthew
Our lives are lightened by people we can trust. We need to trust so much in life. We know the great pain when our trust is shaken by people we thought we could trust — parents/ teachers/ religious superiors/ the church/ friends and more. In the gospel today Jesus addresses that need and grace in our lives. He encourages us to place our trust in those who care for us, and to trust in God who does not want destruction/ but development/ who wants peace among people in all sorts of ways. In what do we trust? Pagola writes: ‘some feel a need to consume more in order to feel secure; and seek a life of entertainment to forget their everyday problems’ (The Gospel According to Matthew/ p. 106). Jesus tells us to trust in God, who would not harm even a hair of our head. He asks and urges us to be people who would not harm another. We are worth this care and love just by being created. Like a parent or grandparent/ or an aunt or uncle/ totally loving a new child before the child is even seen, so God loves each of us. The sight of a starving child brings out our love and a desire to care.
This is linked to the care of God: in this care and trust of each other we find the trust and care of God/ given and received for ‘where there is love, there is God (1 John 3:7).
Just echo the word ‘trust’ as you sit in silence;
let this gift and call of trust fill your being.
Sacred heart of Jesus, I place all my trust in you
Gospel and Gosple Reflection are taken from Mass Readings and Sunday Homily - Catholicireland.net.