Our first reading today tells us that God knows the number of hairs on our heads. I personally do not find that as reassuring as many others do. But, I think many find it very comforting. I do too. Because it insists that God knows a lot about us, more than we know of ourselves. And he loves us enough to keep count of our hairs. That is a lot of love.
And it is because God loves us that he cares for us. He loves us in our afflictions and our inadequacies, as with Jeremiah in our first reading. He loves us in our sin, as with St. Paul in our second reading. He loves us in our distres and difficulties and trials.
God loves us and because of that he cares for us. And because he cares for us we don’t have to worry. I keep a bit of a spiritual journal. It’s funny. The things that worries me a year ago, the things that kept me awake at night, I turn the pages a bit and see that it all worked out.
God loves us. And he cares for us. So we don’t have to worry. In our gospel Jesus says three times not to worry, not to have fear.
But most of us do have a fear or two. How to get rid of our fears? Sanctify them. Let them motivate us. For example, the fear of losing a game should inspire a young man to work all the harder, to practice and prepare. Similarly, the fear of hell can be a good thing because it ought to motivate us, propel us to become better. We get rid of that fear by becoming saints!! To live in the Catholic Church with her sacraments. The fear of not being a good parent–we get rid of that by praying with our kids, loving them, leading them to heaven. The fear of not being enough, we get rid of that by seeking out others who can help us out and supply for our lack.
God loves us. Because of that he cares for us. Because of that we need not worry. We take our fears and get rid of them by acting on them. Amen.