“A disciple is not above the teacher, nor a slave above the master; it is enough for the disciple to be like the teacher, and the slave like the master. If they have called the master of the house Beelzebul, how much more will they malign those of his household! “So have no fear of them; for nothing is covered up that will not be uncovered, and nothing secret that will not become known. What I say to you in the dark, tell in the light; and what you hear whispered, proclaim from the housetops.
Do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul; rather fear him who can destroy both soul and body in hell. 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. So do not be afraid; you are of more value than many sparrows. “Everyone therefore who acknowledges me before others, I also will acknowledge before my Father in heaven; but whoever denies me before others, I also will deny before my Father in heaven.
New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.
“Therefore do not be afraid of them.” Jesus’s words in today’s Gospel appear many times throughout the Gospels. In this context, he is telling his disciples, and all of us, that we shouldn’t be afraid to proclaim the good news of Jesus. He tells us: “what you hear whispered, proclaim on the housetops.”
For most Christians today, we are not afraid of physical persecution for our beliefs. But there are still many times in our lives that we may be afraid to talk about God, or about our faith. Perhaps we are afraid of being ostracized by friends, coworkers, or even family. Maybe we want to avoid being lumped in with groups of people we may not fully agree with. Whatever the reason, Jesus’s challenge to the disciples 2000 years ago remains a challenge for us today.
How can you “speak in the light” the truth of who Jesus is in your life?
—The Jesuit Prayer team
If you would speak of me, live all your life in me.
My ways are not the ways that you would choose;
My thoughts are far beyond yours, as heaven from earth:
If you believe in me my voice will be heard.
All that is hidden will be made clear.
All that is dark now will be revealed.
What you have heard in the dark proclaim in the light;
What you hear in whispers proclaim from the housetops.
—Bernadette Farrell, All That is Hidden © 1986, 1988, OCP