“Fear no one… do not be afraid….do not be afraid…” When I prayed Lectio Divina with the gospel reading for this Sunday, I was immediately attuned to the phrase do not be afraid. I read somewhere that this phrase appears in the Bible 365 times. And, here in this passage are two do not be afraids with a Fear no one on top. Why is that speaking into my life, into my heart, right now?
Honestly, I am afraid. Not the kind of fear I have of spiders or snakes. The fear I have right now is am I enough. Am I enough to be a good wife? Am I enough to serve my family, to serve the people of St. Joseph Parish? Am I enough to serve our Lord? My biggest fear – my children and family won’t cross over into the heavenly realm to see God face to face and glorify Him with the angels and saints for eternity?
And then the Holy Spirit reminded me to stop that script running in my head.
You know what’s bigger than my fear? God’s love. I am worth more than sparrows. He knows every hair on my head. That’s more than I know about myself and HE STILL LOVES ME. So that’s what the Lord is asking me here. Stop focusing on my own limits because I am enough to God. Place my confidence in Jesus and the things he teaches speak in the light so others can be disciples. The things Jesus whispers, proclaim from the housetops so others may know His love. Amen.