June 25, Sunday of the 12th week in Ordinary Time
Daily Readings: 1st Reading: Jeremiah 20:10-13; 2nd Reading: Rome 5:12-15; Gospel: Matthew: 10:26-33
In the First Reading, we heard of Jeremiah being persecuted by the people and the very person close to his heart, including his friends, who wait to see him fall. Jeremiah learned to entrust everything to the Lord, who called him to do God’s mission. But instead of returning revenge, he turns to the Lord and prays, “Yahweh, a mighty warrior is with me.”
The second reading talks about Sin and Redemption. All men are implicated in Adam's sin, as St. Paul affirms: "By one man's disobedience many (that is, all men) were made sinners": "Sin came into the world through one man and death through sin, and so death spread to all men because all men sinned."289 The Apostle contrasts the universality of sin and death with the universality of salvation in Christ. "Then as one man's trespass led to condemnation for all men, so one man's act of righteousness leads to acquittal and life for all men (CATECHISM OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH SECOND EDITION 402)
The Genesis story is a metaphor describing what it means to belong to humanity with a broken relationship with God. In the Easter proclamation (Exsultet) we hear one of this verse “O happy fault, O necessary sin of Adam, which gained for us so great a Redeemer! "O happy fault" points to an important truth that Original Sin allowed us to come to know the Son of God, Incarnate. (Jesus) Adam and Eve's sin was "necessary" because, without it, we would have never known Jesus Christ "our glorious redeemer!"
According to Fr. Robert Verrill, OP. Before Original Sin comes, there is Original Justice.
When the human being was first created, he was in a state of original justice. There was a relationship of trust and friendship between God and humanity. His body and soul were so united according to God’s will that the human soul had an inherent disposition that preserved the body from death and corruption.
Humanity's first sin was a betrayal of this trusting friendship with God. Humanity desired the wisdom and knowledge of God so that he might become equal to God and no longer subject to His will. With this great rebellion, creation's perfect order and harmony were lost, and humankind became subject to death. Even though this is all we deserve, God did not abandon us in this sorry state. He sent His only Son into the world so that death could be conquered and humankind’s original friendship with God could be restored.
I would like to highlight Three points in today’s gospel:
First is the invitation to Boldness to proclaim God's word like Jeremiah
Change is challenging thing for most of us; it takes time to accept ourselves when confronted by someone that what we are doing is not proper or good. Then, Persecution comes when one preaches the truth, contrary to what the receiver is doing. The turmoil within the person is great that it makes Them blind to accept the truth.
Second is Encouragement
Take courage and do not fear; the Lord knows that being His disciples is not that easy at all, we hear that from the very beginning when he calls his disciples take up their cross and follow Him. Like Jeremiah we too are going to experience persecution, it might not be a physical persecution, but it is something like this we will be regarded as “Hypocrites”, or a commentary saying that we preach but don’t live it out, do not be discouraged for that’s only one way for the Devil to put down the burning fire of our hearts.
And, lastly, You are Worth more than many Sparrow
This brings us to the second Reading: we all have sinned and are all prone to sin, but we are not made just to sin. We all have the capacity to do good and the tendency to do evil, therefore, strive to choose good. Whenever we fall let’s run towards our Merciful Father. God mercy is greater than any sins. Remember no matter what happen. You are worth more than many sparrows. Your worth does not depend on what other people say, your worth depends on God’s love towards you. We are paid by blood, not only blood but by Christ blood. That’s how much worth God has for us that he gave His only son.
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