Here is today’s Gospel, from St Matthew: ‘Have no fear of them; for nothing is covered that will not be revealed, or hidden that will not be known. What I tell you in the dark, utter in the light; and what you hear whispered, proclaim upon the housetops. And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul; rather fear him who can destroy both soul and body in hell. Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? And not one of them will fall to the ground without your Father’s will. But even the hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not, therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows. So everyone who acknowledges me before men, I also will acknowledge before my Father who is in heaven; but whoever denies me before men, I also will deny before my Father who is in heaven’.

‘Fear not … you are of more value than many sparrows’. These are comforting and reassuring words. God’s love sustains us; and He places an infinite value on us who are His children, made in His image and likeness.

May we place all our trust in this truth, basing our lives on the love that God has for us and His high value of our worth; and may He bless us all this day.