Homily for the 12th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A
Theme: The Love of God
By: Fr. Benny Tuazon
Homily for Sunday June 21 2020
(Mt. 10:28-33) Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time
In today’s Gospel Jesus enlightens the disciples about how much they are loved by the Father. He told them that they really have nothing to fear. Jeremiah, in the first reading, experienced a lot of threats which resulted to fear. But he found consolation and courage in the fact that he is not alone. Jeremiah had God with him. Then, Jesus followed it up with reminding them how valuable they are in the eyes of God. He pointed their attention to the fate of sparrows which maybe bought cheap but God would never let fall. Finally, the knowledge that God knows the number of our hairs should clinch it.
No one is dispensable before God.It has become a boring refrain but each of us was created in the image and likeness of God. God gave us more than most creatures. We were given freedom, will, and soul. While other creatures have value, their life ends here. The human being, no matter how ugly to some, so poor compared to others, and even so evil, is still regarded by God as His children. This maybe hard to understand and accept. But remember, God’s ways are not our ways. Besides, who knows, one day, we might just find ourselves on that end. And we will be thankful that God cares for all.
God is the best in terms of seeing our hearts, soul, mind, and person. While the world rely mostly on externals, achievements, and what are fascinating, our God loves us as we are. Included in that love is always giving the opportunity to change and be better. God is more concerned with what will fulfil us. And that is not about riches, fame, or power. It is about salvation. This alone makes us very important before God.
But it should not only be God who must give importance to ourselves. We too must render that regard for ourselves, and to others too. It is part of being saved to respond to God’s love by loving ourselves and loving others. Thus, if we are joyful in being treated in the best way, we render the same to others.
It is really saddening how we, human beings had treated each other. Wars, for example, are no win situations. The pain, suffering, and anguish suffered by soldiers and their families should already show that it is not the way. We deserve to be treated better. We are responsible in treating others better. God does. We should now stop all of these carnage, disrespect, disregard, and abuse of one another. Let us be shamed of God for these acts.