Do Not Fear Those Who Kill The Body

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MY daily reflection and prayer:
Friday, October 16, 2015
Twenty-eighth Week in Ordinary Time

Dear my friends,
Here is the Gospel for us today according to Luke 12:1-7

In the meantime, when so many thousands of the multitude had gathered together that they trod upon one another, he began to say to his disciples first, “Beware of the leaven of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy. Nothing is covered up that will not be revealed, or hidden that will not be known. Therefore whatever you have said in the dark shall be heard in the light, and what you have whispered in private rooms shall be proclaimed  upon the housetops. “I tell you, my friends, do not fear those who kill the body, and after that have no more that they can do. But I will warn you whom to fear: fear him who, after he has killed, has power to cast into hell; yes, I tell you, fear him! Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? And not one of them is forgotten before God. Why, even the hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not; you are of more value than many sparrows.

This is the Gospel of the Lord.
Praise to you Lord Jesus Christ.

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JESUS says, “I tell you, my friends, do not fear those who kill the body, and after that have no more that they can do. But I will warn you whom to fear: fear him who, after he has killed, has power to cast into hell; yes, I tell you, fear him! Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? And not one of them is forgotten before God. Why, even the hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not; you are of more value than many sparrows.”

These words of Jesus invite us to have Godly fear which draws us to God’s love and truth. The fear of God is the antidote to the fear of losing one’s life. It is reverence for the One who made us in love and who sustains us in mercy and kindness.

Jesus encourages us that God’s love transforms our minds and hearts. It transforms our hearts and minds and enables us to overcome hatred with love, pride with humility, and pretense with integrity and truthfulness. And this is the good news for us today.

A healthy fear of God leads to spiritual maturity, wisdom, and right judgment. It frees us from the tyranny of sinful pride, deceit, and cowardice, especially in the face of evil, falsehood, and deception.

In the Perpetual Adoration of the Eucharist, we learn to trust in God’s grace and mercy. There we submit to his life-giving word of truth and righteousness.

Let’s pray: Lord Jesus Christ give us a humble and contrite of heart. Enable us to overcome the leaven of hypocrisy in our lives. May we always trust in you now and forever. Amen.

Kredit foto: Ilustrasi (Ist)

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