Daily Word Of God
Jesus instructed the Twelve as follows: ‘The disciple is not superior to teacher, nor the slave to his master. It is enough for the disciple that he should grow to be like his teacher, and the slave like his master. If they have called the master of the house “Beelzebul”, what will they not say of his household?
‘Do not be afraid of them therefore. For everything now covered will be uncovered, and everything now hidden will be made clear. What I say to you in the dark, tell in the daylight; what you hear in whispers, proclaim from the housetops.
‘Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul; fear him rather who can destroy both body and soul in hell. Can you not buy two sparrows for a penny? And yet not one falls to the ground without your Father knowing.’
Today's Pointers on God's Word
As you read the passage what words, phases or meanings caught your attention?
- Jesus in today’s Gospel urges us not to let fear overcome our life. Fear can cripple a person from relating with people and from living a normal life.
- We may fear losing many things in life e.g. our financial security, health and even our loved ones in death. But, the greatest tragedy of our lives is to lose our faith in God because in “losing God” we lose everything in life, including our identity.
- A healthy “fear of God” is to have a “reverence for Him” who is almighty, yet all loving in His ways. Such a “fear” can help us grow spiritually as we learn daily to love God as the Lord of our lives.