“Do not be afraid any longer, little flock, for your Father is pleased to give you the kingdom” (Luke 12:32).

My favorite Scripture verse opens this Sunday’s Gospel. It is both comforting and challenging at the same time. I can see the warmth in Jesus’ eyes, his human heart full of real love for the disciples gathered around him. He can read their hearts, he knows their futures, and he understands how difficult it is to really believe those words.

I try, Jesus. And some days it’s easy. When life is happy and everyone likes me, when a paycheck is constant and I am healthy, when the future looks bright and the sun is shining. I can feel the serenity of being a little sheep in your arms. …

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