June 25 The Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time
“Fear no one.” (Matthew 10:26). What do you fear? If I asked people that question, the responses I receive would be numerous. Maybe people would say, “I fear public speaking; I fear darkness; I fear being alone…” However, Jesus is very clear this weekend when He tells us “Fear no one!” Why? Because Jesus wants to ensure us that God is not a God to be feared; rather, God is a God to be loved.
Jesus says, “Are not two sparrows sold for a small coin? Be assured you are worth more than many sparrows!” My friends maybe the thing we are most afraid of in this world is being loved by God. Recently I heard a priest offering this insight: “Most people just presume that God tolerates them, but certainly does not love them!”
What If I told you that God loves you, would you believe me? If I told you that God would be willing to do anything for you, would you believe me? If I told you that God wants nothing more than for us to spend eternity with Him in heaven, simply because He loves us, would you believe me?
The sad reality is that many people would not and do not, but I am telling you that God does love us and simply wants us to love Him in return. I have told you this often, but I believe it bears repeating today—I love you. I love you not for what you can do for me, but because I have committed my life as a priest and this is my vocation—my vocation is to love. I am not implying that I do this without difficulty or hardship, or that I do it perfectly, but I do love you all and I cannot thank you enough for the many things you continue to do for me. As we remember the love Christ has for us may this reality help us to unite ourselves under His mission to go forward and to proclaim His marvelous deeds to all the world.
May the Lord Bless You and Keep You,