His Eye is on the Sparrow

Sometimes when we have people encouraging us, we’re a bit sceptical about trusting their words because we have doubts and think: “You don’t know what you’re talking about.” But when they speak out of experience, they become more credible. Such is the heart with which we should receive St. Peter’s words. Why? Because he knows what he’s talking about.

You remember in Matthew 14: 28, when he (Peter) made a weird request of Jesus: “Lord, if it is you, command me to come to you on the water.” Jesus granted his wish and he got out of the boat and began to walk on the water towards Jesus. Today in our first reading, this same Peter calls us to cast ALL our anxieties on God for he cares about us.

This is a consoling message from St. Peter in this challenging moment and in any situation we find ourselves. We should know St. Peter speaks from a personal knowledge and experience of this man Jesus; so he knows when he asks us to throw our burden, worries, anxieties onto the Lord.

Sometimes, situations or our way of life can make us think He may not listen to us. St. Peter also experienced life which made him question the care of Jesus Christ for him and the rest of the disciples: “Teacher do you not care we are perishing?” (Mark 4:38) The storm was so violent that he and the other disciples doubted Jesus’ care for them but he realised they were wrong. So when he say God cares he knows what he is talking about.

My dear beloved, you may also be feeling dejected as if Jesus is asleep in your boat. But whatever your challenge may be, God still cares so let’s just throw them onto Him. The song writer says: “What a privilege to carry (cast or throw) everything to God in prayer.” After all, we cannot change anything about our situation or condition by worrying about them. If He takes care of the needs of the birds of the air, believe that He’ll take care of your needs.
(1 Pet. 5:5-14; Ps. 89; Mk. 16:15-20)


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