A disciple is not above the teacher, nor a slave above the master; it is enough for the disciple to be like the teacher, and the slave like the master. If they have called the master of the house Beelzebul, how much more will they malign those of his household! So have no fear of them; for nothing is covered up that will not be uncovered, and nothing secret that will not become known.
What I say to you in the dark, tell in the light; and what you hear whispered, proclaim from the housetops.
Do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul; rather fear him who can destroy both soul and body in hell. Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father. And even the hairs of your head are all counted. So do not be afraid; you are of more value than many sparrows.
Everyone therefore who acknowledges me before others, I also will acknowledge before my Father in heaven; but whoever denies me before others, I also will deny before my Father in heaven.
New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.
I always counted down the days to summer vacation. Dad would rent a cottage near a lake; our family would pack books and games and sports stuff. We loaded up the car and headed for a week of freedom and sunshine, family and fun. Crammed into a smaller space we somehow found ways to share our lives in new ways, to forge stronger bonds of faith and family. Of course, there were disagreements and sometimes high drama. But overall we enjoyed and cared and loved each other in ways that last today.
Today’s readings invite us to realize anew the talents and blessings God gives us, to be our best selves within the various “worlds” we inhabit, to listen again to the Lord’s invitation: “Whom shall I send?” With renewed hearts may each of us find practical ways to say: “Send me!”
—The Jesuit Prayer Team
Lord, teach me to be generous, to serve you as you deserve:
to give and not to count the cost,
to fight and not to heed the wounds;
to toil and not to seek for rest;
to labor and not to ask for any reward,
but that of knowing we do your will.
—St. Ignatius LoyolaPlease share the Good Word with your friends!