HOMILY FOR TODAY, 28TH FRIDAY IN ORDINARY TIME – YEAR A
THEME: TRUST GOD AND DON’T BE AFRAID.
BY; FR. KARABARI PAUL
“I tell you, my friends, do not fear those who kill the body, and after that have no more that they can do. But I will warn you whom to fear: fear him who, after he has killed, has power to cast into hell; yes, I tell you, fear him! Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? And not one of them is forgotten before God.”
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In the Gospel of today (Luke 12:1-7), Jesus addresses what has turned out to be a monster in our lives. We are afraid of man and spirit. Jesus wants us to fear only God. But we fear God only from the perspective awe and greatness. It is not because He is capable of inflicting evil on us.
Fear can steal our creativity and self-worth. The longer it lives inside us, the stronger it grows. And it is often fed by words; not just the words others say, but the words we say to ourselves. When we think, ‘There is no way I’m going to make it,’ we dent our armour and undermine our effectiveness. Fear can show itself as overprotectiveness, anger, pettiness, jealousy, or boasting. It can weigh us down with the feeling that we have to protect and defend ourselves and make sure we are not forgotten or overlooked.
So when we are feeling fearful, what should we do? The best thing we can do is acknowledge that we are fearful, and then bring that fear to God and ask Him to take it from us. This is what He promises us: ‘Don’t worry, because I am with you. Don’t be afraid, because I am your God. I will make you strong and will help you; I will support you with my right hand that saves you.’ In Scripture, the term ‘God’s right hand’ refers to His willingness and power to work on our behalf.
Two chapters later in Isaiah, God told the same people, ‘Don’t be afraid, because I have saved you. I have called you by name and you are mine’ (Isaiah 43:1). God takes care of what belongs to Him, and as His beloved children, He will look after each one of us. So when we are feeling anxious and afraid, let’s choose to say, ‘There is no way I’m going to make it in my own strength, but I will make it with God’s strength.’ GOD IS STILL ON THE THRONE. God bless you and your household always through Christ Our Lord Amen. Good morning.
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