• Wartakanlah Injil kepada segala makhluk.
    Mrk 16:15

  • 你们往普天下去, 向一切受造物宣传福音
    谷 16:15

  • Everything is possible by the power of the Holy Spirit’s Grace.
    St Arnold Janssen

  • Segala sesuatu menjadi mungkin dalam kekuatan karunia Roh Kudus.
    St. Arnold Janssen

  • 我当传教士不是为主牺牲,而是上主给我的最大恩赐
    圣福若瑟神父

  • Với sức mạnh Ân Huệ của Chúa Thánh Thần, Mọi việc đều có thể được.
    St Arnoldus Janssen

  • Preach the Gospel to the whole creation./Anh em hãy đi khắp tứ phương thiên hạ, loan báo Tin Mừng cho mọi loài thọ tạo
    Mk 16:15

  • There are many different gifts, but it is always the same Spirit.
    1 Cor 12:4

  • And the Word became flesh and lived among us.
    Jn 1:14

  • Let the word of Christ, in all its richness, find a home with you.
    Col 3:16

  • To proclaim the Good News is the first and greatest act of love of neighbour.
    St Arnold Janssen

  • 传扬天国福音是第一且最大的爱近人行动
    圣杨生•爱诺德神父

  • Có nhiều đặc sủng khác nhau, nhưng chỉ có một Thần Khí/
    1 Cor. 14:4

  • 圣言成了血肉,寄居在我们中间
    若 1:14

  • Ada rupa-rupa karunia, tetapi Roh satu
    1 Kor 12:4

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Friday, 19 June 2020 12:52

12th Sunday in Ordinary Time - Year A - 2020

Written by Fr Elmer Ibarra SVD

 

Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Matthew 10:26-33 

 

Fr Elmer Ibarra 150 Best“Do not be afraid.” This is the message of Jesus in today’s gospel. Yet, right now all over the world there are many things that we are afraid of. We have the COVID-19, even though Australia has managed to control and improve the situation, unlike a few months before. Yet, there are still fears of a “second wave” that could happen anytime. Also, there are still a lot of people who are considered “active cases” and new cases are still coming up here so we can’t really say that we’re out of it. Just recently, Indian and Chinese soldiers had some skirmishes along the Indian and Chinese borders which so far has killed 20 Indian soldiers. Just imagine if these two most populous countries would go into full-blown war, the effects on the world would be catastrophic. Aside from that, we have had the death of George Floyd in the USA and then various occasions of violence from rallies from the “Black Live Matters” movement, numerous domestic violence cases, murder, assaults, robberies, and many more. So it’s really difficult to say that we shouldn’t be afraid.

In the gospel for today, Jesus assures his disciples that they shouldn’t be afraid. That they must continue to testify and witness for Jesus. I think when the gospel according to Matthew was written, there were reports of Christians being persecuted by the Roman empire. Naturally, the Christians who were living at that time are very afraid of what would happen to them. Maybe, they had heard of incidents where Christians were not only arrested, but also had been crucified like Jesus; some may have been fed to the lions during the Roman festivals, some may have been poured with oil and burned alive to serve as lights at night and many more atrocious ways of martyrdom. That’s why Matthew was reiterating what Jesus had told them years before, that they shouldn’t be afraid.

So why should we not be afraid? We are assured that our Heavenly Father loves us so much because he also takes care of the sparrows who are just worth a few cents. And even if we end up losing our lives here on earth, we shouldn’t be afraid for we are precious to our heavenly Father.

I was once driving on the street when I saw a bumper sticker that said: “If you were arrested because you are a Christian, will there be enough evidence to get convicted?” As Christians, we are called to witness for Christ. We are called to preach Christ wherever we go. We may not need to go out to the street with a loudspeaker and preach on street corners. What I think is more important is to live out the values of being a Christian as our most effective way of being a witness. There’s a saying that “We should preach always and use words only when necessary.” So it is in our actions of being a Christian that people would be more convinced that we’re really witnessing for Christ. As Jesus has instructed his disciples, “Everyone who acknowledges me before others, I will acknowledge before my heavenly Father. But whoever denies me before others, I will deny before my heavenly Father.”

So let us do our best in being brave and not being afraid. We are precious in God’s eyes, so that whatever happens to us here on earth, God will take care of our soul. Secondly, we should preach the gospel of Jesus Christ wherever we go. We should speak in the light and proclaim his gospel on the rooftops for it is through the gospel of Jesus that we can all become better persons, closer to God and preserve our souls for eternal life.

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