14 July, Saturday – Fear Not

Jul 14 – Memorial for St. Camillus de Lellis, Priest

St. Camillus (1550-1614) used to be a gambling addict. He lost so much, he had to take a job working construction on a building belonging to the Capuchins; they converted him. Because of a persistent injury, he moved into San Giacomo Hospital for the incurable, and eventually became its administrator.

Lacking education, he began to study with children when he was 32 years old. St. Camillus founded the Congregation of the Servants of the Sick (the Camellians) who care for the sick both in hospital and home. He honoured the sick as living images of Christ, and hoped that the service he gave them did penance for his wayward youth.

– Patron Saint Index

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Isaiah 6:1-8

In the year of King Uzziah’s death I saw the Lord of Hosts seated on a high throne; his train filled the sanctuary; above him stood seraphs, each one with six wings: two to cover its face, two to cover its feet, and two for flying.

And they cried out to one another in this way,

‘Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of Hosts.
His glory fills the whole earth.’

The foundations of the threshold shook with the voice of the one who cried out, and the Temple was filled with smoke. I said:

‘What a wretched state I am in! I am lost,
for I am a man of unclean lips
and I live among a people of unclean lips,
and my eyes have looked at the King, the Lord of Hosts.’

Then one of the seraphs flew to me, holding in his hand a live coal which he had taken from the altar with a pair of tongs. With this he touched my mouth and said:

‘See now, this has touched your lips,
your sin is taken away,
your iniquity is purged.’

Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying:

‘Whom shall I send? Who will be our messenger?’

I answered, ‘Here I am, send me.’

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Matthew 10:24-33

Jesus instructed the Twelve as follows: ‘The disciple is not superior to his teacher, nor the slave to his master. It is enough for the disciple that he should grow to be like his teacher, and the slave like his master. If they have called the master of the house Beelzebul, what will they not say of his household?

‘Do not be afraid of them therefore. 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.’

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everything that is now covered will be uncovered…

A master is known to be knowledgeable about something. Usually, they are older because as they age, they gain experience and therefore they become wiser. In the gospel for today, Jesus is the master. He instructed the apostles that “the disciple is not superior to his teacher, nor the slave to his master.” It teaches the apostles that they must live like Jesus while staying humble. After learning from the teacher, a disciple must never think that he is better than his teacher. It also teaches that a slave must also strive harder to not remain a slave forever. He should work and learn more to become a master as well.

Another instruction of Jesus is for the apostles to not be afraid of the unknown. Sometimes, what we do not know scares us. Jesus says to the apostles, “everything that is now covered will be uncovered, and everything now hidden will be made clear.” Whatever it is that they do not know, they will know. This is only possible because of our faith in God. Our faith must always be greater than our fears. It is our weapon and shield to fight our greatest fears. Our God is all- knowing and if ever there are moments of doubt, let us pause and pray. Let us remember that God is always with us. If we live for Him, He stays within us. If we do otherwise, then our life will go astray.

God has great plans for us. We must always be ready to do His will. At times, our vision may seem fogged. But eventually, everything will be clearer. There will really be moments that we cannot understand. But in the right time, everything will be unfolded. It is our strong faith that will keep us moving forward though there will sometimes be a slight hesitance in our hearts. We must always remember that all that we do will bear fruit.

(Today’s Oxygen by Beryl Baterina)

Prayer: Father God, please help us keep our faith to drive out all our fears. Give us the courage to face everything that is in store for us.

Thanksgiving: Thank you Lord, for calling us to follow you. We may be unworthy, but it is through Jesus that we can be the best we can.

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