Scripture: Matthew 10:24-33
Key verse: (31) “ so do not be afraid; you are of more value than many sparrows.”
Reflection: In our world, there is a lot to fear. When I was growing up, I remember at the top of the list was nuclear war. Today, climate change moves to the top of fears for our young people. My friends and I feared that we would be out of place but today our young people fear a loss of identity or that they will have any place in the world. Other fears, from a recent PEW study, include safety, the future, bullies and money. I don’t think those are just fears for the adolescents in our lives. We carry those same fears with us into our day.
Fear can be paralyzing but it also calls us to attention. Fear can energize us to respond in both a protective and corrective manner. We act to reduce the threat, whatever it may be. Because the future can be so filled with fears, it takes courage to proceed.
It is into this world of fear that we are called to be disciples proclaiming the good news. In Matthew, disciples of Jesus were sent out to be a public witness. That is our call, to bear witness to the gospel in a world that might not understand. We need to hear that our fears come in the context of God’s continued care, knowledge and power. Just like the disciples, the more we practice proclaiming, healing and sharing our faith, we also will discover and grow in it.
The God whom Jesus reveals is unlike anything we can imagine. This God not only numbers all our days but numbers the hairs on our head. When fears threaten to overwhelm us, this is a reminder of God’s abiding attention that will always sustain us.
Prayer: Almighty God, you stop, kneel and embrace everyone and everything in need of your peace and love. May I join you today in your work, embracing my role as a disciple of Jesus within the body of Christ. Amen.
Author: Michelle Thomas-Bush
[Scripture quotations are from New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved].