Today's reading from Matthew 10:26-33:
"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."
"It is my eager expectation and hope that ... Christ will be exalted now as always in my body, whether by life or by death." -- Philippians 1:20
FR F. gave a very interesting and moving sermon this evening, beginning with the recurring words "Be Not Afraid" in today's gospel, and ending with a fitting message for this Father's Day exhorting all of us to honor our parents (especially fathers) .
He cleverly weaved many ideas together, leading one to another and yet another -- first, Victor Frankl's theory (that "anxiety produces precisely what one fears"), how we must face our fears and not run away from them; then St Paul's prayer in his message to the Philippians (that he could experience God in his body), how the the fearful disciples on the road to Emmaus experienced Jesus in their bodies first and heads later ("Were not our hearts burning within us while he was talking to us on the road, while he was opening the scriptures to us?"); how we need to experience God not only in our heads but also in our bodies; how we need to remember that Christ is in us ALL the time; if only we have this continual awareness, we would be able to avoid all kinds of sins such as adultery, abortion, corruption... and finally, how we must acknowledge the Christ in the needy, especially our parents in their old age, otherwise Christ would deny us before His Father in heaven.
Listening and easily understanding all these, i could feel my own heart on fire.
YES! We could do these and so much more for our own good and for the glory of God; if only we would trust God fully, stop being afraid and follow Him faithfully.
(See also Be Not Afraid II.)