Are not five sparrows sold for two small coins? Yet not one of them has escaped the notice of God. Even the hairs of your head have all been counted. Do not be afraid. You are worth more than five sparrows.
Do we ever give much thought to how much we watch over others? In our troubled world with events out of our control, do we feel God has abandoned us? When we make poor choices, do we blame God?
My grandson, who is about to turn four, can only speak a few words, so he requires a great deal of watching over. If he were to get lost, he wouldn’t be able to communicate, making him an easy target for predators. His lack of communication is frustrating for him, often resulting in meltdowns. He had one the other evening, and in my sadness for him, I cried to God, “I know you are out there. Please give me a sign!” Next to me on the coffee table was the Counsels for Spiritual Life, so I picked it up, and it opened to number 6, His love never sleeps. In his letter to Mrs. Franchet, Father Eymard states: Madame, your little boat is safe. It cannot sink or perish. No, no, God is blessing it every moment of the day, but you are not a good passenger yet. You are too afraid.
The readings today assure us that God is always watching over and protecting us. He counsels the apostles to make good choices and not to be fooled by the hypocrisy of the Pharisees. If God cares that much about five sparrows, imagine how much he cares, watches over, and protects us.
For today, steady your boat, know God is everywhere and be not afraid. You are worth more than five sparrows.
Let Us Pray:
The Lord is your guardian; the Lord is your shade. He is beside you at your right hand. The sun shall not harm you by day, nor the moon by night. The Lord will guard your coming and your going both now and forever. Amen. (Psalm 121: verses 5-6, 8)
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