My Reflections:Jesus told the apostles as He sends them off to spread the gospel: ““Fear no one. 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”
It’s so easy to say that we are followers of Jesus but it’s another story when we are called to witness for Jesus no matter what the cost. Majority of the apostles were the perfect witnesses for Christ, they feared no one they followed Him championing His teachings until their very last gasp of breath.
The Martyrs of the church who shed their blood for the cause of Jesus, they spoke of the truth, they were not afraid to die. A very good example were Archbishop Oscar Romero of El Salvador and Father Rudy Romano a Redemptorist Priest here in the Philippines, they fought for the rights of the poor and the oppressed at the cost of their own lives.
Be not afraid, be a true witness for Jesus, this is the clarion call for the twelfth Sunday in ordinary time.