Well there seems plenty to be despondent about at the moment, many countries are gripped with fear as the Covid virus makes its way around the world. There is civil unrest in many countries, including countries that have had close ties with our own. War and terrorism continue unabated. Recent legislation which seems to undermine the basic tenants of our faith and our commitment to the inherent dignity of human life seems to have gained favour with our politicians. I personally have been involved with two major funerals this week, +Basil Meeking, and a young man killed in tragic circumstances early last Sunday. It’s hard not to feel as Jeremiah did in our first reading today – there is “Terror from every side.”
But we know – that in fact, despair is never to be on the lips of the Christian. Sorrow – perhaps, frustration – perhaps, disappointment – perhaps, but never despair. The truth is that Jesus Christ has won the victory over sin and death.
And there it is in our Gospel reading today:
‘Do not be afraid of them, therefore. For everything that is now covered will be uncovered, and everything now hidden will be made clear….
Can you not buy two sparrows for a penny? And yet not one falls to the ground without your Father knowing. Why, every hair on your head has been counted. So, there is no need to be afraid; you are worth more than hundreds of sparrows…
As we continue with Mass today let’s ‘declare ourselves for our Father in heaven…’ Because we know indeed that the final victory will go to love.