As we return to Ordinary Time in our liturgical calendar, these days still remain anything but "ordinary." We face continued uncertainty with the coronavirus pandemic, while at the same time coming to terms with a world deeply wounded by racial violence and inequality. The realities of our world are frightening, but we cannot ignore them. In this Sunday's gospel, Jesus calls for courage: "What I say to you in the darkness, speak in the light; what you hear whispered, proclaim on the housetops" (Matthew 10:27).
We are called to bear witness to and proclaim the transforming power of God's love to the world. We are called to speak out against injustice and advocate for those in need. Through the Gospel, we receive God's truth. In the words of St. Ignatius Loyola, "God’s love calls us to move beyond fear. We ask God for the courage to abandon ourselves unreservedly, so that we might be molded by God’s grace, even as we cannot see where that path may lead us."