Sunday 12 October 2014

Thursday of Week 34 Year 2

What do you fear most? Some people are afraid of the dark. When they are in a dark place, their imagination starts to run wild and they try to get to a lighted place as quickly as possible. Some people are afraid of thunder and lightning. Some people are afraid of dying, and they go through great lengths in caring for their health, hoping to prolong their lives as much as possible. As Christians, should we be fearful or should we be trusting and hopeful?

In today's Gospel, Jesus paints us a picture of troubles and dangers to come when He says: "There will be signs in the sun and moon and stars; on earth nations in agony, bewildered by the clamour of the ocean and its waves; men dying of fear as they await what menaces the world, for the powers of heaven will be shaken." For those who have let fear taken over their lives, such a message may seem like we are doomed. But Jesus did not stop there. He continues: "And then they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. When these things begin to take place, stand erect, hold your heads high, because your liberation is near at hand." Instead of being fearful of problems, calamnities and persecution in this world, we should be hopeful and confident that God will protect us and liberate us. Let us continue to remain in His friendship, knowing that with Him by our side, who can be against us.

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