12A20. Jeremiah 20:10-13. Jeremiah has told the people what the Lord wants them to hear but they refuse to listen. They said of Jeremiah who has just proclaimed the words of the Lord, “Let us denounce him.” Jeremiah says to the Lord as a response to his enemies, “Let me witness the vengeance you take on them, for to you I have entrusted my cause.” He does not fear those who would harm him because he entrusts himself to the Lord.
Matthew 10:26-33. Four times in this gospel “Jesus said to the Twelve: “Fear no one.” Do not hide anything of have said to you for fear of what they might do to your bodies. “Rather, be afraid of the one who can destroy both soul and body in Gehenna.” Your Father who cares for even the sparrows will care for you. If you acknowledge that Jesus is the Messiah, heaven is yours; if you deny him, heaven is lost.
Romans 6:3-4, 8-11. By our baptism we are called to die to sin. But death to sin calls us to rise from the dead with Christ so that “we too might live in newness of life.” “If, then, we have died with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with him.” Christ’s death to sin and resurrection, means he “dies no more; death no longer has power over him.” “Consequently, you too must think of yourselves as dead to sin and living for God in Christ Jesus.” Jesus now lives in us and we, in him. Our life now is Jesus who never dies; not this world where death continues for ever.