Reflections 25th June 2017

A Reflection for the Twelfth Sunday of the Year

MT 10: 26 – 33 (  )

Don’t be afraid, you are worth more than many sparrows.

Recently I journeyed with a couple who lost a child after a mere ten days of life. The child was delicate when born and the young couple hoped that she would survive. However, it was not to be.

First, there was shock and horror. Then came great support. What stood out most for me was the quiet faith of the couple.

In her weakness and in her death, this baby was loved as a precious gift from God who would be with them forever. The words of Jesus in today’s Gospel came strongly to me

Don’t be afraid, you are worth more than many sparrows.

At the funeral and in the following days, it was wonderful to witness the support that the family received. First the couple in their faith, their extended family, wider community and all who helped. In their loss, our Heavenly Father was supporting them both in their faith and in the love of friends who carried them.

I was particularly struck by the saying of the child’s parents: “There are many who have lived long lives and who have not been loved as much”

Looking to other tragedies that come to us on the daily news we are often left in silence. Recently, in this regard, I found helpful a comment of Pope Francis:

We should look at the conflicts and suffering in the world and then in prayer tell God:
I don’t know how this will end but I know that Christ is risen.

Vincent McDevitt C.S.Sp. –  Ordained in 1968, Fr. Vincent’s first appointment was to Brazil. Since his return to Ireland he has been in parish ministry.  At present he is in Our Lady of Lourdes parish, Caltra, Co. Galway.