The old existential question persists – Why are we here? Actually, St. Paul gives the answer to that question in our first reading from Ephesians 1. “…so that we might exist for the praise of his glory, we who first hoped in Christ.” Got it? You are here to praise God!!
In the Gospel reading today from Luke 12, Jesus talks about your worth. “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.” On the surface that may not seem like much solace. Gee, Lord…I’m worth more than many sparrows…thanks alot. What Jesus is saying is that your worth is inestimable.
Many people struggle with their self-worth. I’m sure that God is saddened by this. If only we could see ourselves the way God sees us! Think of it this way: think of the time in your life where you had the most love you could possibly have for another person. The birth of a child. Your wedding. A time when you loved someone so much you thought you were going to burst. Now imagine that love, and multiply it by a gajillion. That would be only a tiny fraction of how God feels about you! If we could only get a hold of that, it would change us forever. Smile…God loves you that much!!
Father, you know that we so often struggle with our self-worth. Help us to get a glimpse of just how much you love us; and help us to share that love with others. Amen.