Today’s Bible readings call us to tackle the challenging issues of fear and trust — two things that all of us have to deal with who want to live as disciples of Jesus.
The Lord knows that facing down our fears and choosing to trust Him with all areas of our lives is an ongoing challenge. He is generous with reassurances to us throughout the Scriptures and by offering us His Body and Blood at every Mass to strengthen us. Today’s Gospel passage from Matthew is a case in point. In the span of eight verses, Jesus addresses the topic of fear four times.
“Fear no one.”
“Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul.”
“Rather, be afraid of the one who can destroy both soul and body.”
“So do not be afraid.”
And the reassurance continues. “Are not two sparrows sold for a small coin? Yet not one of them falls to the ground without your Father’s knowledge. Even all the hairs of your head are counted.” Notice that Jesus says, “your Father” in describing God’s intimate knowledge and tender care for each one of us. He is truly “Abba,” our Dad, who knows us inside and out.
With that, breathe a sigh of relief! All is well! Our Father knows us through and through, sent His Son to save us, and will always take care of us.
Stop wasting any more time with fear. Instead, put all your energy, all your time, your talents, and your treasure into trusting our great and loving God. Use all that you are and all that He has given you to bring Him glory.
Fr. Mark Zacker