By Fr. Frank J. Timar, M.S.C.
How much are we worth? We wonder, at times, whether we have any relevance in the great scheme of things or what our status is in the world and how much we matter to anyone. Jesus makes a helpful comment about this that I’ve always found amusing. “Are not two sparrows sold for a small coin? Yet, not one of them falls to the ground without your Father’s knowledge…you are worth more than many sparrows.” But still, most of the time, we feel like we are being ignored and not getting our share of attention! Jesus tells us that God is our Father and He is hoping that, because God is our Father, we might start living like God’s children. Jesus reminds us that as God’s children, we are loved and that we are created in God’s image and so we should never think that we are insignificant. As Jesus points out, His Father also knows the lowly sparrow, and we are worth more than many sparrows, as is evidenced by His dying on the cross for us.
We live on a tiny planet, surrounded by a universe of millions of stars and galaxies. So, it is easy to give in to feeling small. We need to take this message to heart. God loves us. God knows us. We are part of His family. God cares for us. We do not have to be somebody else, we don’t have to be better than somebody else. We don’t have to be something we are not.
When we compare ourselves with others, we will notice that others outshine us in many ways, and we might again feel worthless. There are people more clever than we are, more talented, more beautiful, richer. All of which can make one feel inferior and insecure.
This was one of the jobs Jesus gave His disciples. They were to tell all of us that God cares for us. God knows who we are and cares for us as His children. We don’t have to find our worth in what we accumulate. Nor should we measure our value by comparing ourselves with others. There is always somebody better, bigger, smarter, and who has more stuff. Those who accept the news that they already belong to God’s family will experience peace and contentment along with a sense of significance and self-worth that cannot be taken away. We are part of God’s family. We matter to God!