If two is company and three is a crowd, then we may wonder what a thousand could be. Obviously it would be too overwhelming especially for those of us who don’t like crowds (like myself). Let us care for others.
In Luke 12:1-7, we read that the people were gathered in their thousands and they were treading on one another. The stronger ones were overwhelming the weaker ones and they were being pushed far behind with no chance of seeing Jesus or hearing Him.
Meanwhile, when a crowd of many thousands had gathered, so that they were trampling on one another, Jesus began to speak first to his disciples, saying: “Be on your guard against the yeast of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy. There is nothing concealed that will not be disclosed, or hidden that will not be made known. What you have said in the dark will be heard in the daylight, and what you have whispered in the ear in the inner rooms will be proclaimed from the roofs.
“I tell you, my friends, do not be afraid of those who kill the body and after that can do no more. But I will show you whom you should fear: Fear him who, after your body has been killed, has authority to throw you into hell. Yes, I tell you, fear him. Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? Yet not one of them is forgotten by God. Indeed, the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows. Luke 12:1-7 (New International Version – NIV)
Here, Jesus says: “Do not be afraid of those who kill the body and after that can do no more”. Because no one is forgotten in God’s sight, especially the weaker ones. The truth is that God cares especially for the least, the last, the lost and the lowly.
We don’t have to push others out of our way or even trample upon them in order to get what we want or to prove our worth. We are worth more than hundreds of sparrows. Jesus even sacrificed His life on the cross to show us our worth.
Even if we feel that we are lost or the least or the last in the midst of thousands of others, let us not be afraid. God has not forgotten us. He never will.
Peace and Joy
Written by Rev. Fr. Courage Dogbey