June 21st, 2020
Good morning!! Happy Sunday!!
Can you tell what this is a picture of?
And what do people usually use safes for?
To keep something that’s important to them safe; something they want to keep away from other people
And how does a safe, like this, keep the things that are inside of it safe?
Gospel Reading: Matthew 10:24-39
24 “The student is not above the teacher, nor a servant above his master. 25 It is enough for students to be like their teachers, and servants like their masters. If the head of the house has been called
Beelzebub, how much more the members of his household!”
26 “So do not be afraid of them, for there is nothing concealed that will not be disclosed, or hidden
that will not be made known. 27 What I tell you in the dark, speak in the daylight; what is whispered in your ear, proclaim from the roofs. 28 Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather, be afraid of the One who can destroy both soul and body in hell. 29 Are not two sparrows sold for a penny?
Yet not one of them will fall to the ground outside your Father’s care. 30 And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered.
31 So don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.”
32 “Whoever acknowledges me before others, I will also acknowledge before my Father in
33 But whoever disowns me before others, I will disown before my Father in heaven.
34 Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I did not come to bring peace, but a sword.
35 For I have come to turn a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law—
36 a man’s enemies will be the members of his own household. 37 Anyone who loves their
father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; anyone who loves their son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. 38 Whoever does not take up their cross and follow me is not worthy of me. 39 Whoever finds their life will lose it, and whoever loses their life for my sake will find it.”
I am asking you about safes because in today’s scripture story, Jesus does a lot of talking about secrets.
A secret is like putting ideas or thoughts into a locked safe.
Jesus tells them that the words he has shared with them should then be shared by them, later on, with everyone. He also says to “acknowledge” him in their lives.
Finally, Jesus tells his disciples that it might seem easier to keep his words a secret because that will seem safer for them. Because, when they do share his words, not everyone will be happy to hear those words.
And guess what? The disciples listened to Jesus! They did not keep what they knew about Jesus a secret. Instead, the shared Jesus’ words and actions with others! Because the disciples shared what they knew about Jesus and who Jesus was, others have been able to better know God’s healing, hope, and love – including us! And, just like the disciples shared with others, we can also share our own words and actions of God’s healing, hope, and love that we’ve learned from Jesus. Instead of keeping these words and experiences that bring life to this world locked up, we can do just like the disciples did and share with the world! And that’s the good news for today. Let’s pray.
Dear God, Thank you for Jesus who shared your healing, hope, and love and then taught his disciples how to share your healing, hope, and love.
Help us to do the same.