In the Gospel for the Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Jesus reassures his apostles when struggling with their mission.  “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”  (Matthew 10: 29-32).  Jesus offers his disciples today the same reassurance.  With Jesus we can deal with life’s hardships, struggles, pain, and grief.  Whether a lay off, a cancer diagnosis, an addiction, the death of a loved one, anxiety, lack of food, and other suffering, God is with us in our hearts, our families, our friends, our church community, and even strangers.  “So do not be afraid.”  From what fear(s) do you want God to free you today?

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