Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time, June 21, 2020
"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." Words taken from today's Holy Gospel. In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
Regardless of what our personal problems may be, there is one deep-seated need which all of us human beings have in common: the need to be loved and to know that we are loved. We want to feel that what we do and who we are means something to somebody else beside ourselves. Without this feeling that there is someone who cares about us, and cares a lot, life at best would be tasteless and at worst would be meaningless.
Our Christian theology begins with the conviction that, regardless of our human relationships, there is someone who does love us deeply and who does care intensely about what happens to us. That someone of course IS GOD.
Early in our lives we learned that God created the universe to show forth his infinite greatness and goodness. God's greatness is manifested in the almighty power, which fashioned the universe out of nothing by a mere act of the divine will. God's infinite goodness portrays itself in his decision to share his eternal happiness with others, and his consequent creation of the human race.
That tells us why the universe exists and why the human race exists, but it doesn't tell us why you and I exist as particular individuals. It does not tell us why God chose to make you and I in preference to the many other possible persons he could have made instead. Turning to human imagery, we might compare God to a person who is looking through a book of various cars. Suddenly the person stops paging and puts his finger on a particular car and says: "There, that is just the car I want."
Speaking in human terms, we might say that God looked through the catalogue of all possible persons he could have created. He passed by billions and billions, but he stopped when he came to the image of you. "There," He said, "That is the person I want. That is the person I can love. That is the person I want with me forever in heaven." AND SO YOU CAME INTO BEING.
Because of God's infinite perfection our description is obviously inadequate. God doesn't really look through a catalogue. But yet the concept is true, it is absolutely true. God created each one of us because of a very special and very particular love for us. Very simply put, God wanted you, only you, no one else would do.
And it is important to remember that God has never stopped loving you. Even in your moments of blackest despair, even in your moments of darkest sin, God has not stopped loving you. Just as the mother of a delinquent son never stops loving the child of her womb, so God never stops loving you, the work of his hands.
It is also important to remember that God loves us individually. He loves each of us as a particular person. We should not fall into the error of thinking that God loves us in an impersonal fashion, as one of your head are counted. At this very moment God is thinking of you, he is looking at you, and he is loving you.
It is not enough to believe this with the mind. For any true and lasting happiness it must be the deepest conviction of your heart: God loves you with a terrific love, he is intensely aware of your present problems, and he cares tremendously about what happens to you.
"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". Words taken from today's holy Gospel. In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen
The Lord is with me, like a mighty champion: my persecutors will stumble, they will not prevail.
If by that one person’s transgression the many died, how much more did the grace of God...overflow.
[Jesus said,] “Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul; rather, be afraid of the one who can destroy both soul and body in Gehenna.”