July 11, 2020 – 14th Week of Ordinary Time

“Becoming aware of how valued and treasured we are to the Lord, as He repeatedly tells us: ‘YOU ARE WORTH MUCH MORE…!’”

(Based on Is 6:1-8 and Mt 10:24-33 – Saturday of the 14th Week of Ordinary Time)

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 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, tensions, troubles, 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: “But even the hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not, therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows….” (Mt 10:30-31)

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!”

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 sincere 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 important they are to Him.

For this, He presents an interesting example:

“And even the hairs of your head are all counted.” (Mt 10:30)

Many of us – looking at our self in the mirror – often worry at the diminishing number of hairs on our head!

The more hairs that fall away, the greater is the anxiety level!

But the Lord, holding us close to Himself, assures us, “My child, why are you so worried about life! Even the hairs of your head are counted and known to me!

You are dearly precious to me!”

Our Blessed Lord also cites the example of a little sparrow and reminds us:
“So do not be afraid; you are of more value than many sparrows!” (Mt 10:31)

Yes, the Lord repeatedly tells us: “YOU ARE WORTH MUCH MORE…!”

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

Can we savour the sweetness and greatness, the immensity and 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 see 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 of how valued and treasured we are to the Lord!

We need to hear the words of Prophet Isaiah to “allow the Lord to touch our lives” (Is. 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!

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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