Luke 12:1-7, “…do not be afraid…”

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“…do not be afraid…” Sketch: Ronald Raab, CSC

Gospel Lk 12:1-7

At that time:
So many people were crowding together
that they were trampling one another underfoot.
Jesus began to speak, first to his disciples,
“Beware of the leaven–that is, the hypocrisy–of the Pharisees.

“There is nothing concealed that will not be revealed,
nor secret that will not be known.
Therefore whatever you have said in the darkness
will be heard in the light,
and what you have whispered behind closed doors
will be proclaimed on the housetops.
I tell you, my friends,
do not be afraid of those who kill the body
but after that can do no more.
I shall show you whom to fear.
Be afraid of the one who after killing
has the power to cast into Gehenna;
yes, I tell you, be afraid of that one.
Are not five sparrows sold for two small coins?
Yet not one of them has escaped the notice of God.
Even the hairs of your head have all been counted.
Do not be afraid.
You are worth more than many sparrows.”

Prayer: (Ronald Raab, CSC)
God of mercy,
help us up from our falls into fear and hopelessness.
Give us courage to rest in the Holy Spirit and to know we are valued more than sparrows.
Release us from our sense of unworthiness and give us
The wisdom to speak to you in the night, where your mercy is revealed.
We do not escape your notice.
We ask this in the name of our Savior, Christ the Lord.
Amen

 

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