Jesus said to the Twelve:
“Fear no one.
Nothing is concealed that will not be revealed,
nor secret that will not be known.
What I say to you in the darkness, speak in the light;
what you hear whispered, proclaim on the housetops.
And do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul;
rather, be afraid of the one who can destroy
both soul and body in Gehenna.
Are not two sparrows sold for a small coin?
Yet not one of them falls to the ground without your Father’s knowledge.
Even all the hairs of your head are counted.
So do not be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.
Everyone who acknowledges me before others
I will acknowledge before my heavenly Father.
But whoever denies me before others,
I will deny before my heavenly Father.”
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In this Sunday’s Gospel, Jesus encourages the Twelve to share the Gospel. A beautiful thing about Jesus is he’s honest about the hard and scary stuff, but he always encourages us to persevere and follow him. He stresses its urgency and explains that it must be spread. It’s a secret that’ll eventually be widely known and a light that’ll illuminate the whole world. In other words, the Gospel isn’t a little secret that we keep to ourselves. He sternly tells us the importance of sharing the Gospel, but he lovingly reminds us that we’re capable to do it. When Jesus says all of the hairs on our heads are counted, he means that the Father knows us so intimately. I don’t know about you, but I have no idea how many individual hairs are on my head, but God knows the exact number. He knows us better than we know ourselves. We’re so precious to him that he goes to great lengths to protect his children, especially those who acknowledge him and share the good new. As you share the Gospel according to where the Lord has placed you, take comfort in knowing that he knows you and protects you as his missionary disciple.
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