Friday, July 10, 2020

The Lord says to us three times today: Do not be afraid.

 “Therefore do not be afraid of them." (Matthew 10: 26).

Saturday 11th July 2020, 14th Week in Ordinary Time is the feast of a pivotal figure in the history of Christianity: St Benedict of Norcia, Abbot. (480 - 547). Italian and founder of the Benedictine Order. How many people do you know that has founded something that has lasted about 1500 years and is still going strong? Or have written a book that is still in circulation after 500 years? That is the true mark of greatness.
St Benedict is the co-patron saint of Europe. His rules for monastic life is still widely used. I am inspired by this rule: "Pray and Work."

#1 “Therefore do not be afraid of them." (Matthew 10: 26).
#2 "And do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul." (Matthew 10: 28).
#3 "So do not be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows." (Matthew 10: 31).

Three times Jesus said to His missionary disciples: Do not be afraid. We need to hear this many times a day. Most of us are too ashamed to admit how much fear rules our life: fear of the boss, illness, poverty, loss of job, etc.

God's loving and constant Providence is the overwhelming reason why we should not be afraid.
"Are not two sparrows sold for a small coin? Yet not one of them falls to the ground without your Father’s knowledge.  Even all the hairs of your head are counted.  So do not be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows." (Matthew 10: 29 - 31).

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