June 20

Matthew 10:24-33

“Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father. And even the hairs of your head are all counted.” vss. 29-30

Discipleship was harrowing work in those early years and Matthew remembered that Jesus had told them it would not be easy, that people would treat them like they treated him, and life would be difficult. But Jesus had also assured his followers that they would be taken care of, that none of them would be deserted by God. As bad as we might think we have it in this strange year of 2020, most don’t have to worry about the kind of persecutions experienced in the early church. But that doesn’t mean we don’t have concerns. Many struggle with identity issues and wonder about the vastness of the universe. How can individuals possibly have any value in the whole scope of existence? It’s here that Jesus’ words speak to us with comfort and clarity. If God’s eye is on the sparrow, then there is surely hope for us–in fact, even the hairs of our heads are numbered! All this makes sense when we realize the interconnection of God and the creation. The One who breathed life into the universe through the Christ continues to be intimately connected to all that exists through that same Christ. As the old saying goes, “God doesn’t make junk.” We might not seem significant to ourselves, but each of us contains a spark of the divine, and that gives us inestimable value!

Thought for the Day: When do I feel most valuable?

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