Ever been told a secret and it’s so good you just want to tell everyone you know? Or have you ever found out some great news and just couldn’t wait to share it with all your friends and family? Sarah and I were on “vacation” back in 1988 at her brothers house in Florida. We had driven down with her oldest sister Anne (in a 2 door Toyota Corolla – very spacious) to spend a week with her oldest brother Peter. Peter’s house wasn’t all that big so Sarah and I slept on the floor of the dining room. Sarah wasn’t feeling all that well so she decided to buy a pregnancy kit. I remember laying on the floor of the dining room looking at the the PK and both of us grinning from ear to ear when we saw the results. Back in 1988, no one had cell phones and it was a big deal – A BIG DEAL – to make long distance phone calls, so we had to wait a few days to tell all of the family and friends. I can remember how anxious I was and how I wanted to scream to the world about that good news.
That is the same feeling I should have every time the Gospel is proclaimed to me. Gospel, loosely translated, means good news. So as we hear proclaimed in Today’s Gospel, we need to open up our mouths and proclaim that good news to everyone we meet. Worried about how people will accept that proclamation? Jesus answers that concern too…let’s take a few minutes to read today’s good news.
“No disciple is above his teacher,
no slave above his master.
It is enough for the disciple that he become like his teacher,
for the slave that he become like his master.
If they have called the master of the house Beelzebul,
how much more those of his household!
“Therefore do not be afraid of them.
Nothing is concealed that will not be revealed,
nor secret that will not be known.
What I say to you in the darkness, speak in the light;
what you hear whispered, proclaim on the housetops.
And 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 Gehenna.
Are not two sparrows sold for a small coin?
Yet not one of them falls to the ground without your Father’s knowledge.
Even all the hairs of your head are counted.
So do not be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.
Everyone who acknowledges me before others
I will acknowledge before my heavenly Father.
But whoever denies me before others,
I will deny before my heavenly Father.”
What we hear in whispers ((every time Deacon (now Fr.) Barry Clayton read the Gospel)) we must proclaim from the housetops. Share the good news so others can see your excitement, your joy, your belief and that they too might share in it. God calls all of us to be a disciple of His. He teaches us and we are to be like Him. We must proclaim His marvelous deeds to all of the nations. Don’t deny Christ before others and Christ won’t deny you in front His heavenly Father.
The first reading this morning kind of sets us up for this. Isaiah was worried because he saw the great King but was unworthy to do so…
Then I said, “Woe is me, I am doomed!
For I am a man of unclean lips,
living among a people of unclean lips;
yet my eyes have seen the King, the LORD of hosts!”
Then one of the seraphim flew to me,
holding an ember that he had taken with tongs from the altar.
After being cured by an angel of the Lord, Isaiah heard the Lord ask…
Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying,
“Whom shall I send? Who will go for us?”
We are all asked this question and our response should be the same as Isaiah’s…
“Here I am,” I said; “send me!”
Do something great for our Lord today…acknowledge Christ before others.
God’s will, not mine, be done.
Be not afraid; just have faith.
Jesus, I trust in You.