Friday of the Twenty-Eighth Friday of Ordinary Time
Memorial Feast: Saint Teresa of Jesus (Saint Teresa of Avila)—(1515-+1582) Reverend Mother, Prioress, Doctor of the Church, Patron Saint of Spain, Sick People, People in Religious Orders, People Ridiculed for their Piety, the Philippines
Romans 4:1-8, Psalm 32:1-2, 5, 11, & Luke 12:1-7
In today's Gospel narrative, Jesus guides us to look at the fears we carry in our hearts. Surprisingly, He does not deny our concerns; our Lord shows us clearly what to fear and what not to fear.
He speaks first of a fundamental fear—our fear of death. To our ears, how stark it is that we should not fear those who can kill the body and do no more. Isn't that enough? We hold life most precious, and yet Jesus invites us to die to our fear of death that we might drink in absolute freedom. Death has no sting through the power of His resurrection, for it has no power over those who believe. Jesus calls us to know the freedom that He has won for us. But, wait, there is more.
In utter love, He confronts evil and challenges us to know the responsibility of our free will. He does not tell us to ignore all fear, but He asks us to reverence a holy fear, the power we all possess inside ourselves to say no to His Love, His Truth, His Life. What should we fear, according to Jesus? That which separates us from his love. Other than that, nothing! If only it were that simple for us.
Jesus, the Divine Physician who has come to heal the sick, assures us how deeply we are cared for in love, even to the point where each hair of our head is counted. How often do we wonder if God understands us or knows what is happening in our lives? He assures us that nothing is unknown or unloved. This depth of love, far greater than we can even imagine, is what underlies His desire for us to fear nothing.
Friends, our invitation is to bring all our fears to Jesus, for everything is already known and loved. During those daily fears which He wants to relieve, He asks us to give them to Him. We only need to ask for the grace to bring all our fears to His heart. He is eager to heal them—All of them!
Question of the Day: Will you bring your fears to Jesus and convince others to do the same?
Prayer: May your kindness, O Lord, be upon us, who have put our hope in you. Amen