10/20/2023 (Friday) Today’s gospel reading: Luke 12:1-7
1 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.
2 “There is nothing concealed that will not be revealed, nor secret that will not be known.
3 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.
4 I tell you, my friends, do not be afraid of those who kill the body but after that can do no more.
5 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.
6 Are not five sparrows sold for two small coins? Yet not one of them has escaped the notice of God.
7 Even the hairs of your head have all been counted. Do not be afraid. You are worth more than many sparrows.”
10/20/2023 (Friday) Today’s gospel reflection / homily / sermon: Luke 12:1-7
Good News: You are worth more than many sparrows.
There are a lot of people who have very low self-esteem. Due to several reasons such difficult childhood, rejections, failures and addictions, they feel sad, abandoned and afraid. Yet even successful people sometimes have moments of despondency. No doubt all of us are sinners and at one or two times, we may have experienced some sort of pain and suffering. This is human life.
However, our experiences of sin, suffering, rejections and failures do not define us. The gospel reading above gives us our true self-worth. In the beginning, God created human beings in His image. The Psalmist put it this way, “I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made” (Psalm 139:14). Yet, even when we turned against God who loves as to create us, He does not stop loving us. He loves us so much as to redeem us when we get lost due to sin. In His eyes, we are worth more than many sparrows. His grace alone is sufficient to make us feel worthy. (2 Corinthians 12:9)
Though we have undergone a lot of turmoil, our worth as children of a loving God is never diminished. Let us hold on to the Good News that Jesus look at us as more worthy than many sparrows. So let us look at the future, not with fear, but with hope that God will make all things beautiful in His time.