Matthew 10: 24-33
Isa 6:1-8 / Psa 93
So have no fear of them; for nothing is covered up that will not be uncovered, and nothing secret that will not become known.
Be steadfast, and from doubts steer clear,
Just place your faith in God, be still;
His faithful have nothing to fear,
Believe that when we can’t, God will.
Jesus said, “A disciple is not above the teacher, nor a slave above the master; it is enough for the disciple to be like the teacher, and the slave like the master. If they have called the master of the house Beelzebul, how much more will they malign those of his household! So have no fear of them; for nothing is covered up that will not be uncovered, and nothing secret that will not become known. . . Do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul; rather fear him who can destroy both soul and body in hell. Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground unperceived by your Father. And even the hairs of your head are all counted. So do not be afraid; you are of more value than many sparrows. ‘Everyone therefore who acknowledges me before others, I also will acknowledge before my Father in heaven; but whoever denies me before others, I also will deny before my Father in heaven.” (Matthew 10: 24-33)
Fear is a natural emotion that we all experience in the face of the unknown, or as a defense mechanism to avoid or prepare against a perceived danger. Jesus is telling us in today’s Gospel that as children of God, we should not be afraid of anyone or anything here on earth, even those that pose a danger to our life. The only thing that we must fear is being separated from the love of God. As long as we are in His good graces, fear should have no place in our heart. Of course this is easier said than done, because being human, we have the tendency to be anxious or afraid about many things in life. But Jesus assures us that we are precious in the eyes of God, far more than any of His creatures on earth. And for as long as we acknowledge Him as the Central Figure in our life, then He will increase our faith, and our stronger faith will drive away all fears.
Many life-threatening diseases are caused by extreme anxieties, phobias, or stress, which are variations of fear. Even young people are not exempt from this syndrome. The son of one of our community’s leaders suffered a stroke yesterday, and he is only 23 years old. We are praying that it was just a mild one and he will be fine soon. Being members of a renewal community is a big plus factor in our constant battle vs. anxiety disorders and stress. The love and warm fellowship that it provides give us the moral support and empowerment that we need to overcome our doubts, fears and depression. The husband of one member of my wife’s cenacle group recently succumbed to a massive heart attack. Her friends and community sisters have been a big consolation in helping her ease her loss and anxieties. As true Christians, we are all our brothers’ (and sisters’) keepers, and must help each other ward off all fears and anxieties when they are in their most vulnerable state.
Fear and anxiety are unnecessary baggage that we can discard if we only strive to live a life of truth. Peace reigns in a person with a clear conscience. Nothing in this world can give us true peace or happiness. It can only come from being righteous in the eyes of God. So, have no fear, but help those who are still suffering from it.
Teach us, Lord, never to be in fear of anything as long as we abide by all Your laws. Keep us from ever falling into sin so that we will never be anxious or afraid again. Trusting in Your loving mercy, keep us always pure and obedient. Amen.
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