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Do not be afraid you are worth more than many sparrows
Nikki Dickson

Do not be afraid you are worth more than many sparrows

Sunday, June 21, 2020

We take time today to acknowledge our fathers and ask God’s blessing on them. As you read the following, you may want to ask your father how he came to grow in faith as a disciple. Perhaps you ask him what his biggest challenge was. This weekend our scriptures will explore the life of a disciple. A “disciple” is someone who follows the teaching of a wise and holy person. We learn how do be a disciple of Jesus by listening to God’s Word in the Bible. The scriptures tell us that those who follow God as a faithful prophet or Apostle will encounter suffering. In our first reading, we learn how this is evident in the prophet Jeremiah’s life. Something remarkable happens in the passage we hear today: though Jeremiah begins by describing a dire situation, he shifts to an expression of confidence that God is with him and will see him through the crisis. The prophet offers us a powerful example. Consider your own struggles – bring them to the Lord with all the details, pain, misery, and confusion – and then affirm your (our) trust that God is with you (us) and will deliver you (us). In the Book of Psalms, there are psalms know as Psalms of Lament or Supplication. Today’s responsorial is one of them. They follow this pattern: a description of personal distress, prayer for deliverance, confidence, and thanksgiving for God’s help. Jesus is instructing his disciples in today’s Gospel passage prior to sending them out on their mission. Today’s passage comes from the middle of these instructions. Jesus very strongly notes that they will experience opposition. At the same time, he calls them to unshakeable courage: “Do not be afraid … you are worth more than many sparrows.” Jesus affirms the disciples’ value before God. His words of promise form the basis of the disciples’ courage and hope. The scriptures we hear today remind us of how intimately God knows us, better than we know ourselves. God’s grace is available to us when we are at our lowest. Turn today to the Lord and ask for what you need. We give thanks to God for the food of life that we receive in the Body and Blood of his Son, our Lord Jesus Christ. Thank you for all you are doing to keep everyone safe as we come to pray in church. Have a blessed week! Fr. Len

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