Well there seems plenty to be despondent about at the moment. There is civil unrest in many countries, and war and terrorism seem to continue unabated. Societal norms undermine the basic tenants of our faith and our commitment to the inherent dignity of human life. Its hard therefore 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 – yes, perhaps, frustration – perhaps, disappointment – yes, 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 lets ‘declare ourselves for our Father in heaven…’ Because we know indeed that the final victory has already gone to love.