So do not be afraid of them, for there is nothing concealed that will not be disclosed, or hidden that will not be made known. What I tell you in the dark, speak in the daylight; what is whispered in your ear, proclaim from the roofs. Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather, be afraid of the One who can destroy both soul and body in hell.
“Whoever acknowledges me before others, I will also acknowledge before my Father in heaven. But whoever disowns me before others, I will disown before my Father in heaven.
Whenever we get a piece of good news, the first inclination is to tell everyone you know. You work it into conversation with others even when that conversation has nothing to do with your joy. You call friends and relatives and post it all over social media.
So why don’t we proclaim the greatest news of all to others more frequently?
In this passage, St. Matthew is telling us to spread the news of Christ to all and not keep it in the darkness. We should not be afraid to tell everyone by our words and actions that God is the center of our lives. We should be yelling from the rooftops!
Easier said than done.
I know for me personally, I try to live by the Golden Rule -do unto others as you would like done unto you. Again, easier said than done and believe me, I have my days where this rule does not apply. But this Scripture tells us that if we spread God’s love to others, Jesus will intercede for us with His Heavenly Father.
It can be difficult if not uncomfortable to talk about our faith at work or casually among friends. We don’t have to be in a theological debate; we only by our actions need to display compassion, kindness, patience and love. These are the only words God needs to hear.
Your shout-out can be as simple as holding the door for someone, giving someone a compliment or buying a friend a cup of coffee. God wants to see us honor Him in the small routine things of this life so we can be happy with Him in the next eternal life.
As St. Francis of Assisi said “Do all you can to preach the gospel and if necessary use words!”