Jesus tells his disciples that God knows the number of hairs on their head. Jason Quino McCreery, SJ, reflects on what else God knows, including our worries and pain. Based on the readings for Sunday, June 21, 2020.
Do you know how many hairs are on your head? I’ve never actually counted.
Hi, I’m Jason Quino McCreery, and this is my One-Minute Reflection.
Jesus today tells the Twelve Apostles, do not be afraid for God knows even the number of hairs on your head. And when I imagine this scene, I can’t help but see one of the apostles saying, ‘that’s great, but not actually what I’m worried about.’
And we could say the same thing today. ‘That’s great, but I’m worried about the murder of George Floyd. I’m worried about the cops who killed Breonna Taylor whom have been neither charged nor fired. I’m worried about President Trump removing protections for transgender people to get access to healthcare. Do you not see these things? Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?’
But Jesus only tells us, God knows. God knows, and God suffers with us. God will not snap the divine fingers and fix all of our problems. Christ has no hands but ours, no voice but ours. Am I willing to become like Christ, and take up my own cross? Am I willing to become like Simon of Cyrene, and carry my neighbor’s cross, because their body has been beaten and broken by the whips of oppressors? Some of us are just starting to see the suffering and injustice in our country; now we know. What will we do about it?