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DG BookGospel: Matthew 10:24-33
A student is not above his teacher, nor a slave above his master. A student should be
content to become like his teacher, and the slave like his master. If the head of the
household has been called Beelzebul, how much more, those of his household! So,
do not be afraid of them!

There is nothing covered that will not be uncovered. There is nothing hidden that will not be made known.
What I am telling you in the dark, you must speak in the light. What you hear in private, proclaim from the
housetops.

Do not be afraid of those who kill the body, but have no power to kill the soul. Rather, be afraid of him who can
destroy both body and soul in hell. For a few cents you can buy two sparrows. Yet not one sparrow falls to the
ground without your Father knowing. As for you, every hair of your head has been counted. Do not be afraid:
you are worth more than many sparrows!

Whoever acknowledges me before others, I will acknowledge before my Father in heaven. Whoever rejects me
before others, I will reject before my Father in heaven.

Reflection: 

The descriptions of God given by Isaiah and by Jesus cannot be any more different from each other: they look poles
apart. For Isaiah, the majesty and holiness of Yahweh are so powerful and intimidating that he can only fall on his feet
utterly conscious of his sinfulness. But Jesus presents a “Father” who is so maternal that even he has counted the hair
on our head! How do we reconcile these two images? Of course, they are not contradictory, but two aspects of the same
God. He is so holy that no creature on earth can stand its ground before him; yet God is so full of love that we can climb
on his lap and pull his beard. Didn’t Alexander Pope sing that “fools rush in where angels fear to tread”? Pope could easily
have been talking of God’s bosom, where angels fear to tread, but we, his foolish children, can barge in.

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