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Friday of the Twenty-eighth Week in Ordinary Time

Reading 1 EPH 1:11-14
Brothers and sisters:
In Christ we were also chosen,
destined in accord with the purpose of the One
who accomplishes all things according to the intention of his will,
so that we might exist for the praise of his glory,
we who first hoped in Christ.
In him you also, who have heard the word of truth,
the Gospel of your salvation, and have believed in him,
were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit,
which is the first installment of our inheritance
toward redemption as God’s possession, to the praise of his glory.

Gospel LK 12:1-7
At that time:
So many people were crowding together 
that they were trampling one another underfoot.
Jesus began to speak, first to his disciples,
“Beware of the leaven–that is, the hypocrisy–of the Pharisees.
“There is nothing concealed that will not be revealed,
nor secret that will not be known.
Therefore whatever you have said in the darkness
will be heard in the light,
and what you have whispered behind closed doors
will be proclaimed on the housetops.
I tell you, my friends,
do not be afraid of those who kill the body
but after that can do no more.
I shall show you whom to fear.
Be afraid of the one who after killing
has the power to cast into Gehenna;
yes, I tell you, be afraid of that one.
Are not five sparrows sold for two small coins?
Yet not one of them has escaped the notice of God.
Even the hairs of your head have all been counted.
Do not be afraid.
You are worth more than many sparrows.”

Lectionary for Mass for Use in the Dioceses of the United States, second typical edition, Copyright © 2001, 1998, 1997, 1986, 1970 Confraternity of Christian Doctrine; Psalm refrain © 1968, 1981, 1997, International Committee on English in the Liturgy, Inc. All rights reserved. 
Luke makes it clear to tell us that this message was meant for Jesus' inner circle. My guess is that seeing the crowds grow in number was making them feel pretty confident about their joining Jesus in His mission.

But he stops to warn them that the numbers are not a true indicator of what is happening. He wants them to skeptical and careful, but not afraid. He is assuring them that the message they are preaching even quietly will ultimately be proclaimed boldly. The workings of the men who were trying to undermine Jesus would ultimately come against the Apostles, too. But, God would deliver them from the evil.

Like these first followers, nothing that we do is lost to God's attention. We are the work of His hands. In these days of stress and suffering, we need to take stock and remember that we have not become any less important to God. We need to be open to the lessons He is teaching us and not be mislead by the Pharisees of our day.
My Catholic Family - Saint Margaret Mary