Daily Gospel - Oct. 19, 2018
October 19, 2018
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."
St Paul tells his readers in the letter to the Ephesians that they have already been stamped with the seal of the Holy Spirit. Therefore, the Holy Spirit is at work in them and brings them freedom as sons and daughters of God. Paul reminds them that the message was first preached to the Jewish people as the ‘Chosen People’ and then to all peoples and so they too have a right to share in the salvation promised through Christ. Jesus tells us in the Gospel that what we do is known to God who knows us intimately and cares for every fibre of our being. Knowing this, and with the Holy Spirit working in us, we should do everything to ensure that we live as God wants us to live.
Heavenly Father, thou hast made sympathy divine. May I never make it commonplace. Grant that as thou dost bless and comfort me I may be willing to comfort others, and do whatsoever thou wouldst have me do. Amen.