DO NOT FEAR
(Scripture Reflection Matthew 10:28)
" 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."
A man when asked what the homily was about replied, “Sin!” When queried what the priest said about sin, he said, “Oh, I think he was against it....”
These days we are delightfully vague about sin. Though sin has not gone out of fashion, thinking or talking about it has. St Paul reminds the Romans that it was through Adam that sin came into the world, but that through Jesus, we have free access to God’s grace (Second Reading).
But what is sin? The Church teaches that sin is an offence against God. Like the first sin, it is disobedience against God through the desire to “be like God” (Gen 3:5). Sin is basically love of self rather than love of God. We put ourselves before God so often each day: in the ways we choose to use our words, our time, our resources and our talents. Scary, really! Because St Paul warns us, ‘The wages of sin is death’ (Rom 6:23).
Yet we find ourselves time and again choosing selfishness and greed over generosity. Are we then condemned? No, Paul reminds us that ‘the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ’ (Rom 6:23).
Jesus himself reassures us, “Do not be afraid” (Mt 10:31). Yet he wants us to be ever vigilant against what harms the soul – sin.
Fruit: When tempted, let us remember that God’s grace is ours for the asking.