Do not be afraid

12th Sunday in Ordinary Time: Mt 10:26-33

The Bible Society’s Lectio Divina is unavailable for this Sunday. We reproduce this meditation with the kind permission of Magnificat:

Jesus instructed the twelve as follows: “Do not be afraid of them therefore. For everything that is now covered will be uncovered, and everything now hidden will be made clear” (10:26).

The revealed Word of God makes real what it says; it effects what it says. When Jesus says Do not be afraid, he enables his followers to lose their fear. In the Gospel of Matthew, fear is no longer a valid excuse for the non-performance of matters pertaining to the Kingdom (see Mt 1:20; 10:26, 28, 31; 14:5, 27; 17:7; 21:46; 28:8, 10). For every mention of “fear” in Matthew, there is mention of the “Father”.

St Thomas Aquinas: “Jesus says Do not be afraid because we should only fear evil. Do not fear, because if your truth is not well known right away, still it will be well known.” Erasmo Leiva-Merikakis: “In Greek the words for ‘concealed’ and ‘secret’ are associated with the head-covering used by women. The revelation that Jesus mentions points to the manifestation of the Bride of Christ in the Book of Revelation for all to see, admire, and love for all time (Rv 21:9).” St Jerome: “Do not fear the savageness of persecutors and the ferocity of those who blaspheme. For the day of judgment will come, on which both your virtue and their wickedness will be manifested.”

“What I say to you in the dark, tell in the daylight; what you hear in whispers, proclaim from the housetops” (10:27).

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