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12th Sunday: Matthew 10:26-33: Do not be afraid -Trust in God.

Today’s Gospel Jesus said to disciples “Do not be afraid; you are worth
more than many sparrows.” As human persons, we all have our own fears.
Sometimes, we are afraid that we will make wrong decisions. At other times,
we are afraid of what others will think when we speak about our faith,
family values and culture of life. Sometimes we are afraid and worried
about what will be the future of our children and grandchildren. Very often
we are fearful and worried about our own health issues and the sickness of
our family members.

In the last few months we have been overwhelmed with fears, anxieties,
worries and uncertainties in our lives because of the present confusing and
frightening situations of COVID-19. We are living through the most
challenging times in human history. During this crisis and challenging time
Jesus is telling each of us, “Do not be afraid.” There is always
hope-filled life for those who believe in Jesus. St. Mother Teresa very
often says, “It is easy for us to depend on God in our ordinary life
situations, but our real faith lies when we totally depend on God in most
challenging situations.”

For the believer, there is no need to worry! Someone said, “Do not be
afraid to face difficulties; they will push you forward.” “An arrow goes
forward only after pulling backward. So, let’s not be afraid to face our
challenges and difficulties. They will push our lives forward. Do not be
afraid – Trust in God. God is our shelter and strength, always ready to
help us in times of trouble! Let us remember St. Pope John Paul II’s
advice: “Do not be afraid”!

Recently, I heard a very meaningful story: A pastor had been flying on a
long-distance flight and suddenly he heard a warning sign on the airplane
flashed on: “Please fasten your seat belts.” There was a terrible
thunderstorm and lightning, the airplane was shaking and tossing. The
pastor saw that the passengers were afraid, some started screaming and
shouting, and some of them started praying. Then, the pastor saw a little
girl sitting quietly and reading a book peacefully and without any worry or
fear. The pastor could not believe seeing this little girl’s calm.

The plane finally reached its destination, all the passengers were hurrying
to get off, the pastor spoke to the girl, and he asked why she had not been
afraid. The girl replied: “Why should I need to be afraid, my Daddy is the
pilot, and he is taking me home.” There are many kinds of storms buffeting
our lives: physical, mental, financial, and many other storms easily darken
our lives and throw our lives into uncontrollable turmoil. Let us remember
our Jesus is our pilot and He is in control and taking us home!

As we celebrate Father’s Day today, this powerful story is very suitable to
apply in our lives as well. Our fathers are like a pilot of the air-plane
and with their control and care we are safe and protected. Let us
remember all our fathers with gratitude for their sacrifices and love, as
well as all mothers. We all know that our parents took care of us
regarding every little thing and how many sacrifices they made for us. We
should love our parents, respect them, and care for them, not only by
taking care of our parents but also those who are old, sick, poor, and
those who need our help. Let us pray for all fathers, living or dead, to
be more faithful in their duties towards their families. Let us pray to
God to give them the moral strength they need to become good role models,
so that children can always look up to their dads as their heroes!