SATURDAY OF THE FOURTEENTH WEEK OF THE ORDINARY TIME B

THE LOVING CONCERN OF OUR GREAT GOD.

Genesis 49:29-33,50:15-26
Matthew 10:24-33

THE LOVING CONCERN OF OUR GREAT GOD.

The care, providence and loving concern of our God over every minute detail of our lives are today again reminded us. That God cares for us, watches over our lives, dispels the evils and darkness of our lives is a fact that we must acknowledge and live with. This is equally told us today in the gospel.

Jesus compares his care over us with that of a sparrow, the smallest animal which has no value yet the Lord cares for them. He goes ahead to remind us that even the hairs on our head are known and counted by our God and not one of them falls to the ground without our God knowing.

That God’s providence and care is there always, constant, real, and forever stable and can never be denied. This is the certain and sure hope we must have in our relationship with our God.

Jesus assured us of this against the background of many anxieties and fear, arising from persecutions for bearing the name of Jesus, persecutions for spreading and preaching the name of Jesus, and great distress arising from the task of preaching Christ to the world. This is a duty we cannot run away from.

We must keep spreading the good news and that is a task assigned to us by our Good God. Our reliance on the care, protection, and presence of Jesus in our lives to carry out these assignments is key and necessary. And we must never nurse any fear from any quarters, either those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul or those who persecute us in the task of spreading the gospel message.

Rather, we must hold and have great confidence in the powers and ability of our God to take care of us and grant us all that we need because God sees, knows, and cares for each and every one of his creatures.

Heavenly Father, your provident care for us surpasses our knowledge and understanding for you know us through and through. May we be confident and ever trust in your name. Make us zealous for your kingdom as we live and work for your glory. Remove from us all fears of the unknown and anxieties for tomorrow. In all situations teach us to commend all into your hands and be beacons of light and hope to our world through Christ our Lord.

Fr Norbert Uchuno

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