Friday, October 20, 2006

Do Not Be Afraid...

The Gospel for today is a great reading for us to take to heart today.

With all news headlines reading, Nuclear War with North Korea, Bombings in Iraq and Pakistan, gruesome murders on the streets of New Orleans and other cities, sickness and illness which all bring to light our mortality....

...amidst all that, we have today's Gospel from Luke 12:1-7

At that time:
So many people were crowding together
that they were trampling one another underfoot.
Jesus began to speak, first to his disciples,
"Beware of the leaven-that is, the hypocrisy-of the Pharisees.

"There is nothing concealed that will not be revealed,
nor secret that will not be known.
Therefore whatever you have said in the darkness
will be heard in the light,
and what you have whispered behind closed doors
will be proclaimed on the housetops.
I tell you, my friends,
do not be afraid of those who kill the body
but after that can do no more.
I shall show you whom to fear.
Be afraid of the one who after killing
has the power to cast into Gehenna;
yes, I tell you, be afraid of that one.
Are not five sparrows sold for two small coins?
Yet not one of them has escaped the notice of God.
Even the hairs of your head have all been counted.

Do not be afraid.

You are worth more than many sparrows."

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