Memorial of Saints John de Brébeuf and Isaac Jogues, Priests, and Companions, Martyrs
Reading 1 Eph 1:11-14;Gospel Lk 12:1-7
“Consider what you owe to His immutability. Though you have changed a thousand times, He has not changed once.” Says Charles Spergeon .
The Gospel passage of today has three striking phrases that would make all of us reflect regarding the care and concern of God the father. I would gaze at it as the three “C”s of God; namely Care, Courage and Concern that He provides us with.
- “Even the hairs of your head have all been counted.” – This signifies God’s caring
- “Do not be afraid.” – This is all about instances where God gives us courage to tread on, in spite of the many hardships that would come on our way.
- “You are worth more than many sparrows.” – It would denote the concern of God the father for his sons and daughters.
There is a widespread tendency for human beings to blame God when they realize that all what they desired in life have not come true, hence at the long run they themselves will realize that God had a unique plan for each one of them and it had been for their welfare. The Old Testament would portray a God who is punishing, scolding and as a being of terrifying nature whereas the Son of God who incarnated presents to us a caring, loving and consoling father in the New Testament.
Today’s Gospel reading could be seen as a warning for those people who doubt God’s abundant goodness amidst the adversities of their life and the quotation that was placed at the beginning of this reflection would emphatically express a reminder for such people that “though we have changed a thousand times, God has not changed even once with regard to the promises that he made.”