Gospel: Mt 10:26-33
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.
Read: Engulfed by rejection and persecution, Jeremiah finds solace in the promises of Yahweh. We are engulfed by sin, but God’s grace will help us triumph over it. No human life is outside the caring providence of God, as every person is precious in God’s eyes.
Reflect: There may be times our life seems drowned in physical, psychological, and spiritual suffering. We may feel betrayed, rejected, abandoned, and persecuted. Our very life may seem like a burden too great to bear. But those are the very times we must trust in the goodness of the Lord and his promises. We have been redeemed by no less than the blood of Jesus Christ and therefore, for God, we are far more precious than anything else in creation.
Pray: Pray like Jeremiah: “To you, O Lord, I entrust my cause.”
Act: Write out a prayer of trust in God’s providence, which may be used in times of trials.