Sunday XII: Don’t be afraid

June 21, 2020.

“And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. But rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.”  (Mathew 10, 28)

“Don’t be afraid”. These words of Christ were of great comfort for the first Christians, who knew that following the Master they would run the same risks as He and, that as such, would suffer persecution and perhaps even martyrdom. Jesus wanted to assure them that eternal life was waiting for them as reward and that was what was truly important, since at the end with persecution or without, life ends up being over and death arrives no matter what and to all.

Today, however, it seems that who we are afraid of is Christ himself. There are many Catholics who avoid talking with him, who don’t want to say that beautiful prayer of Saint Francis: “Lord, what do you want me to do”. They are afraid that Christ will complicate their lives, that he asks their help in evangelizing, to consecrate Him, to help the poor. They even go to mass, but they don’t want to participate in anything, they don’t want to be committed to anything. They should remember the words of the angel in the Apocalypses: “The lukewarm I vomit”. One must beat the fear of Christ. He loves us and will not ask anything that is not good for us. Let us make ours the prayer of Saint Augustine, when he asked the Lord for strength to follow his path: “Lord, give what you ask and ask what you want”.

We must also conquer other fears, that which identifies us with Christ, that they know we are Christians. If, by being so, we were given prizes and praise, surely many would not hide it. Since, being a follower of Christ is an honor, it is the most noble and great to which a human being can aspire, since it carries with it being children of God. Why be ashamed or embarrassed by it.

Intention: Pray the six points of the prayer: I love you, I adore you, I thank you, I ask your forgiveness, I give thanks to you and I offer myself to you. Insist in the last one without fear of what God asks us.

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