Twelfth Sunday of Ordinary Time, Year A, 25th June 2017

“Do not be afraid”

In the readings this Sunday we find comfort, and are encouraged to turn towards our fears and doubts with the same love and compassionate understanding that God shows for us.

In the First Reading the prophet Jeremiah tells of his trials, and of his trust in God’s providence.

The Psalm is a song of lament from one who has experienced great suffering. The refrain and the central verse describe God’s love at work in the midst of their distress.

St Paul’s letter to the Romans (Second Reading) reminds us that the saving love of Christ is an abundant gift to the world.

In St Mathew’s Gospel Jesus encourages his disciples not to be afraid as they learn to be drawn deeper into his love. Jesus explains how God loves them so deeply that even every hair of their head has been counted!

We, too, are called to share in this great gift of love.

In this coming week, let us pray for each other and for all people facing fear and trials, that they may know the peace that only Christ can give.

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