Gospel: Matthew 10:24-33
A student is not above his teacher, nor a slave above his master. A student should be content to become like his teacher, and the slave like his master. If the head of the household has been called Beelzebul, how much more, those of his household! So, do not be afraid of them!
There is nothing covered that will not be uncovered, there is nothing hidden that will not be made known. What I am telling you in the dark, you must speak in the light. What you hear in private, proclaim from the housetops.
Do not be afraid of those who kill the body, but have no power to kill the soul. Rather, be afraid of him who can destroy both body and soul in hell. For a few cents you can buy two sparrows. Yet not one sparrow falls to the ground without your Father knowing. As for you, every hair of your head has been counted. Do not be afraid: you are worth more than many sparrows!
Whoever acknowledges me before others, I will acknowledge before my Father in heaven. Whoever rejects me before others, I will reject before my Father in heaven.
“No sparrow fall to the ground without God’s notice.”
Jesus continues to instruct the disciples to overcome their fear of foreseen suffering, per- secution and strife. Using the imagery of God taking notice of the sparrow’s fall on the ground, Jesus reassures the disciples of God’s provident care. Jesus’ usage of this imagery is worth considering. Here and in other instances in the gospels, particu- larly in the parables about na- ture, Jesus shows His profound understanding of the natural world as being loved by God, as a place of God, and as revela- tory of God. Jesus finds God in the natural world as well as the world of human affairs (Denis Edwards). Both enjoy God’s lo- ving embrace. If such is the case, the disciples need not worry, need not fear. Jesus’ statement “[Y]ou are worth more than many sparrows!” might be inter- preted as humans being more important and enjoying privi- leged status before God. Rather, it is to be taken simply to stress the point that the disciples need not worry and need not fear.
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