Have you ever felt worthless? I suspect we all struggle with those feelings from time to time. Nothing could be further from the truth. We see this in today’s Gospel reading from Matthew 10.
Jesus tells the disciples how precious they are in the sight of God. Now, his “compliment” may not sound so special to our ears. He says, “You are worth more than many sparrows.” Uh, gee…thanks, Lord. Jesus’ message really is that God knows everything. He even knows every feather of every sparrow. Jesus says, “Even the hairs of your head have all been counted.” In essence, there is nothing that God does not know about us. A frightening thought, indeed. But there is an upside.
Despite all of our foibles and follies, God loves us. He cares about us. Not just about the big, earth-shattering events in our lives. But even the small stuff, down to the minutest detail. Jesus’ reassurance of our worth in the eyes of God reminds me of a Mastercard commercial. Five sparrows: two small coins. A nice haircut for all the counted hairs on our head: $20. You, to God: Priceless.
Father, you know that we are so small. Thank you for taking notice of us. Thank you for loving us, even through all of our weirdness. Amen.