“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.
Have you heard of The Sparrow, the science fiction story of a Jesuit on mission to another planet? The book is one of combinatory creativity. That is, a product of the author’s observation of the church and the world as well as her imagination of what could be.
How powerful is a creativity that employs both keen observation and vivid imagination! The Spirit can use this to set the world on fire.
What keeps us from creating with a combinatory creativity? Likely, fear.
We are freed from fear and for this creativity when we internalize Gospel message today. Deep peace comes from the knowledge that we are held tenderly by God and this peace frees us to co-create the future boldly.
—Paul Mitchell is a Jesuit educator who has stepped out of the classroom into full-time care of his two young sons. He is the author of Audacious Ignatius.
Loving God, you have created us and know us so intimately that you know every hair on our heads. Free us from the fear that keeps us from accepting your invitation to co-labor in your field and be your hands in this world. May we never let fear stop us from imagining and working toward a world that more closely resembles your heavenly kingdom. Amen.
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