Fear Not

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD

JANUARY 30, 2021 

Saturday – Week Three

WORD of the DAY

A violent squall came up and waves were breaking over the boat, so that it was already filling up.  Jesus was in the stern, asleep on a cushion. They woke him and said to him, “Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?”  He woke up, rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, “Quiet! Be still!”  The wind ceased and there was great calm.  Then he asked them, “Why are you terrified? Do you not yet have faith?” (Mark 4: 37-40)

How shall I live this Word?  

Why are we afraid? What are we afraid of? The uncertainty of life and its fragility? The violence, often senseless, of people against other people? Illness and death, misunderstanding and loneliness, failure and frustration? What are we really afraid of?  Our real fear is that of being alone and powerless in the face of the difficulties, obstacles, sufferings we encounter every day, of having to face the power of evil that surrounds us only with our own strength.  How much faith do we still need to live all this with serenity and without agitation because we are sure that God is with us!  How much we still have to walk to trust Him, abandon ourselves to His will and leave Him the helm of our boat. Because He knows the goal and purpose of our existence and He knows which route we must follow to be happy forever!

Lord help us to trust in Your Word which tells us that You will always be with us, that You will not abandon us and that You will always walk by our side, our Companion on the journey of life.

The Voice of  Pope Francis Prayer in St. Peter’s Square 3/27/20

Why are you afraid? Don’t you have faith yet?  The beginning of faith is knowing that we are in need of salvation. We invite Jesus into the boats of our lives. Let us hand over our fears to Him, so that He may overcome them. Like the disciples, we will experience that, with Him on board, there is no shipwreck. Because this is God’s strength: to turn everything that happens to us to the good, even the bad things.  He brings serenity into our storms, because with God life never dies.

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