In Sunday’s Gospel, Jesus comforts us saying “Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? And not one of them will fall to the ground without your Father’s will. But even the hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not, therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows. So every one who acknowledges me before men, I also will acknowledge before my Father who is in heaven; but whoever denies me before men, I also will deny before my Father who is in heaven.”
The homilist proposes that all our fears, be it phobias, or psychological fears stemming from trauma, and abuse etc all stem from the loss of the fear of God.
If we truly believe in God and have a Holy fear of him and how he wills us to live our lives on earth, then we would not be afraid of “those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul”.
For me, the words of Jesus comforting us that he will acknowledge us before his Father in heaven, is really the prize for us to strive for.
So we should reflect on whether we acknowledge and proclaim Jesus to the people around us, and if we do, we can rest assured that he will be there when it is time to leave this place to join him in eternal happiness and to meet God the Father.
Happy Father’s Day.