The Gospel According to John – 2017.06.25
Do not Be Afraid
The Gospel authors should has left this passage where Jesus left it, with the exhortation to not be afraid.
Do not be afraid.
The Gospel of Jesus is not a weapon fear, it is not secretive, it is not cryptic, it is not a demarcation point, delineating the insiders from the outsiders, and the living from the dead.
The Gospel of Jesus, the good news that we have called to preach, that Gospel is built on a foundation of love of love, hope, and trust.
Jesus called everyone to the table, he did not ask for membership cards, or membership dues.
Do not be afraid.
The body passes and the spirit lives on. God, the creator of the universe, God did not create for the purpose of destroying.
God’s love flows equally to all people, not one of God’s children is outside of God’s plan for salvation.
Declarations and oaths, these are things for human beings, take none, make none, either for against Jesus.
Serve God, through the service you provide to one another, love goodness, seek justice, and exercise mercy in all things. It is through action, not words, that Jesus desire us to express our faith.
The False Gospel, Matthew’s Errors
Jesus instructed the Twelve as follows: ‘Do not be afraid. For everything that is now covered will be uncovered, and everything now hidden will be made clear. What I say to you in the dark, tell in the daylight; what you hear in whispers, proclaim from the housetops.
‘Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul; fear him rather who can destroy both body and soul in hell. 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.
‘So if anyone declares himself for me in the presence of men, I will declare myself for him in the presence of my Father in heaven. But the one who disowns me in the presence of men, I will disown in the presence of my Father in heaven.’
12th Sunday in Ordinary Time