Gospel: Mt 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.
Poor me! FOR I am doomed! Isaiah had a vision of the glory of God which made him ironically cry out, “poor me, for I am doomed.” The Judeo-Christian tradition believes that no one can see God and live. What this underscores is the infinite divide between God’s holiness and our sinfulness. The experience of the sacred makes us acutely aware of our sinfulness. Hence, after Jesus performs the miracle of the net, Peter steps back, uttering, “Stay away from me, Lord, for I am a sinful man.” Despite our sinfulness God calls us and commissions to proclaim his Gospel of salvation.
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