Jul 13 (Mt 10:24-33)

How BIG a God do we have?

It is said that…

You can tell the size of your God by looking at the size of your ‘List of Worries’.

>>  The longer your list, the smaller your God!

Every morning we are to rise up to a brand new day…

… with immense potentials, loads of blessings, bundles of hope and treasures of aspirations…

>> But somehow, many of us, fall into the trap of losing these precious possibilities…

… and allow our worries and tensions and troubles and difficulties and anxieties to overpower us…

St. Francis of Assisi says, “By the anxieties and worries of this life, Satan tries to dull man’s heart and make a dwelling for himself there”

The Lord today, through the Gospel, makes a fervent invitation: To Trust in His Divine Providence and His Ever-Beloved Goodness.

>> Jesus says: “As for you, every hair of your head has been counted. So do not be afraid…You are worth much more than many sparrows..” (Mt 10:30)

Can we hear those words of the Lord once again…?

He is not lying… He is not flattering..

>> He is not indulging in heaping empty phrases.

He means it…!

” You Are Worth Much More !!”

… Yes, “YOU ARE WORTH MUCH MORE !!”

>> The God of Glory, the Lord of Sabaoth (hosts/armies), the Light of the world…

>>The Creator of the Entire nature, The One who can destroy both body and soul…

… This Great One, today, looks into our eyes….

… and tells us with deep love: “YOU ARE WORTH MUCH MORE!”

Jesus seeks to cast off fear from His followers by showing them the preciousness and value of their lives… and how much of important they are to Him.

For this, He presents the example of a sparrow:

>> “Fear not, therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows” (Mt 10:30)

There is something interesting to be noted when Jesus speaks about sparrows…

• In Mt, Jesus says, ” Are not two sparrows sold for a cent?” (Mt 10: 29)

• In Lk, Jesus says, “Are not five sparrows sold for a two cents?” (Lk 12: 6)

If two sparrows could be purchased for a cent…

…. then a person should get only four sparrows for two cents, isn’t it?

>> Then why the ‘fifth’ sparrow?

Probably the fifth sparrow must have been an incentive offered by merchants to get people to buy more sparrows.

>> The fifth sparrow was given, just merely to sweeten the deal!

(Just as sometimes in our days, the shopkeeper/vendor gives an extra/free thing when we purchase something)

Our Blessed Lord used this practice of “buy-four-get-one-free” sparrows to illustrate how much God values life.

He emphasizes that said that not even one sparrow is forgotten before God.

>> Even a nearly worthless ‘free sparrow’ is not overlooked by God.

>> He takes immense interest even in an unappreciated bird!

Therefore, Jesus says, “Fear not, therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows” (Mt 10:30)

Yes, the Lord says : “YOU ARE WORTH MUCH MORE !!”

Can these words of our Beloved Lord, enter into the depths of our hearts?

>> Can we savour the sweetness & the greatness, the immensity and the grandeur of these words?

It’s easy of course, to write reflections, to preach sermons, to proclaim orations, to list out bombastic adjectives on this topic…

But at the end of the day.. it all boils down to simply this:

“Am I accepting myself as really the one who is much worthy and dear to the Lord”?

>> Do I Believe in the God, who believes in me?

Sure, we feel ourselves little before God…

>> We consider ourselves as unworthy of the Splendid Holiness and Awesome Majesty of God…

But, let us also see how God looks at each one of us….

>> Let us become aware on how valued and treasured we are to the Lord!

We need to give heed to the words of  Prophet Isaiah to, “allow the Lord to touch our lives…” (Isaiah 6:7)

Of course, at the end of this reflection, our list of Worries, still, remains the same…

>> But, let’s realize that we have a much much bigger God than our long list of worries…

>> A God, who silently thunders in the depths of our hearts…

… assuring His protection: “You are worth much more …”

Are we listening?

St Padre Pio says:

“Even if the world were to capsize…

… if everything were to become dark, hazy, tumultuous…

…God would still be with us!”

Yes, We need to…

….Listen… Trust… Walk!

God Bless! Live Jesus!

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Quotable-quote-a-day-with-St Francis de Sales (SFS) – “With the single exception of sin…

… anxiety is the greatest evil that can happen to a soul!”

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