Welcoming the Holy

Here we invite you to take time for yourself in personal prayer. The following spiritual reflection offers words and images which we hope will evoke for you an experience of God. 


 

Twelfth Sunday

in Ordinary Time

 

Prayer

I pray to you, O God. In your great kindness answer me with your constant help. Answer me O God, for bounteous is your kindness. Amen               Psalm 69: 17

 

Scripture

Matthew 10: 26 – 33
 
Jesus said to the Twelve: "Fear no one. Nothing is concealed that will not be revealed, nor secret that will not be known. What I say to you in the darkness, speak in the light; what you hear whispered, proclaim on the housetops. And do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul; rather, be afraid of the one who can destroy both soul and body in Gehenna. Are not two sparrows sold for a small coin? Yet not one of them falls to the ground without your Father's knowledge. Even all the hairs of your head are counted. So do not be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows. 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." Reflection: Darkness and light fear and courage – these are the themes interplaying with one another in this Gospel. In this reading, darkness is the place where secrets are kept and the presence of God is hidden. When we come into the light, the truth is revealed. It is so powerful that one is moved to proclaim in from the rooftop. The presence of the light, it seems to me, is the very presence of God shining brightly on all those places in our world that are experiencing war, violence, hatred or unrest. This presence of God shines on all that is false, bringing the truth to every situation. 
 
 

Later in the reading we read that God loves us so much all the “hairs on our heads are counted.” If God cares so much for the sparrow, how much more will God care for us, therefore we do not need to be afraid. Living in fear is indeed a place of darkness and having the courage to shine God’s light allows for a new perspective and for new life.
 
As I read this Gospel, I ask God to show me the places in my own life that are shrouded in darkness. I ask God to guide me to a place of light and life. This takes courage. Sometimes I become quite comfortable in the darkness of my sinfulness or blindness. I ask God to heal me of any untruth or pain. This acknowledgement of blindness, sinfulness or falsehood takes an enormous amount of courage. Most of us want to come across to God, ourselves and others as being good, holy and spiritually healthy. However, taking stock of our lives and naming the darkness is not weakness, but rather strength. In the naming and the owning comes the beginning of lightening the way and healing our hearts. I believe God wants nothing less for us, than to be healed on the journey; the journey back to God.

 
 

Closing Prayer

May God give us what we need to follow Christ all our days, by the power of the Holy Spirit. Amen.