Fear Not!

13 Aug 2017 by SHRCChurch, Comments Off on Fear Not!

The first reading today reminds us once again that God’s modus operandi in dealing with us is not to impose upon us his mighty power, no lightning bolts, no earthquakes, no conflagration, but rather to give us but a gently nudge (like a breeze).

In today’s second reading, St. Paul, who was born, educated and gloried in the fact that he was a member of God’s chosen people expresses his anguish that so many of his fellow recipients of God’s call have failed to respond to that gentle nudge.

Perhaps we are like St. Peter in today’s Gospel who when called did not hesitate to respond in faith, but out of fear of the consequences, soon wavered and began to sink. How many times in the Gospels do we hear Jesus telling his followers to fear not?

Be alert to God’s gentle nudges, and fear not, not only initially, but continually (persevere in Christian boldness)!

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