(Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time)
Sunday, June 25, 2017.

Your happiness in life comes from your faith in God. The following are the foundations of our faith:
1. We have faith that God has revealed the truth to us, for he is the Truth. What he reveals by his words and his deeds, we must “speak in the light” (Matthew 10:27).
There is nothing hidden in what God reveals to us, there is no ‘double talk’, there is no lie. And, this is his truth: what he reveals to us is for the well-being of all.
2. We have faith in the greatness of our human nature because there is nothing of greater value than a human being. “Are not two sparrows sold for a small coin? Yet not one of them falls to the ground without your Father’s knowledge. Even all the hairs of your head are counted. So do not be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows” (Matthew 10:29-30). There is nothing in the universe that deserves to be called children of God, except men.
3. We have faith that nothing can harm us. The world can only harm the body “but cannot kill the soul” (Matthew 10:28). Those who suffer injustice may experience death in the body, whereas, those who promote injustice experience dead in their soul.
4. We have faith that we are free from fear and that nothing will harm us, even in the face of trials and tribulations, because God is with us: “Do not be afraid of [men]” (Matthew 10:26). “Everyone who acknowledges me before others, I will acknowledge before my heavenly Father” (Matthew 10:32).

(By Jesús A. Diez Canseco).