God is with us through life's ups and downs, and so are our fathers
by Sister Laura Zelten
This weekend we celebrate the 12th Sunday in Ordinary Time and Father’s Day.
In our Gospel, Jesus instructs the Twelve about their mission and ministry. There are three things to note in this Gospel. First, three times Jesus tells the Twelve not to be afraid. Second, they are instructed to be bold in their witness and fearless in their preaching. And third, they are reminded of how precious they are to God: “even the hairs of your head are counted.”
Jesus knew that his disciples would face stiff resistance and even persecution as they sought to continue his mission and ministry. Given this, he wanted to be honest with them about what was to come, while at the same time assuring them that they would not be alone as they went forth. God would be with them.
In the Gospel we are reminded that God never promised us a trouble-free life. God did promise, though, that He would be with us during our trials and sufferings.
As we celebrate Father’s Day, we remember that our Dads also have been there during our trials and joys. They are the reflection of God’s love for us. Today, in a special way, let us be grateful for God our Father, who grants us boundless mercy, and our fathers -- by birth or adoption -- who love us and support us through life.
At these times, today’s Gospel is a reading worth returning to. Jesus tells us: “Even the hairs of your head are counted! So do not be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.” Today, I invite you to bring any worries or anxieties you have to Jesus. Simply place your worries or your pain in his hands (figuratively) and then sit quietly with Jesus for 5-10 minutes. May Jesus bless you with deep trust and deep peace!