“The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid? One thing I have desired of the Lord, that will I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the Lord, and to inquire in His temple.” Psalm 27:1&4
These verses from our Psalm reading today have been go-to favorites for eons, especially after going through a rough patch years ago when fear was a constant companion.
By God’s grace (love & mercy) the wells of divine healing flowed long and deep in my heart and life relieving me of debilitating fear(s), but that’s the flunky thing about fear.
There are so many kinds.
Sometimes the opposite of faith is not doubt, but fear.
The Angel Gabriel told Mary, “Fear not.”
Mary had to face her fears, and there were lots of things to fear.
What would Joseph think? (Stoning her to death was an option.)
What would others think? (Reputation? Ridicule? Retribution?)
What would change do to her? (To her person, her life, her family?)
How could she face the unknown? (Not knowing?)
Yet, Mary chose to say “no!” to her fears and ‘yes’ to God.
‘Yes’ to hope – with courage, trust, love and joy.
Be not afraid…
“But I repeat, do not fear: Jesus is with you, and you are with Him! In darkness, tribulation, anxiety of spirit, Jesus is with you… I assure you that Jesus is holding you more tightly than ever to His divine heart.” Padre Pio (Saint Pio of Pietrelcina, OFM)
grace, peace & courageous faith
Virginia : )