Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
August 5, A.D. 2008
Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:
Jeremiah 30:1-2, 12-15, 18-22
Psalm 102:16-18, 19-21, 29 and 22-23
A reflection on today's Scripture:
Take courage, it is I, do not be afraid. . . . (Matthew 14:27)
Fear is a very common human emotion. It may be one of the two most common. Much of what is bad in our world stems either from anger or fear. And, anger, it seems is often a different expression of fear. Jesus speaks to us today to confront one of those two most negative influences on the world.
If Jesus is with us, what have we to fear? The disciples feared a ghost—some spectre walking across the sea. Indeed, most of what we fear has the same substance—shadows, haunting images, what we cannot and do not know. St. Therese reminds us that all of our sorrows are in the regrets of the past and the fear of the future—and yet we only live in today.
If we can bring ourselves to remember that we have only today and only what is happening to us right now, and whatever that is, Jesus is with us through it all, we will have found the victory that Christ promised us. Shakespeare tells us the brave die but once, but the coward dies a thousand times. With Jesus by our side, we need fear for nothing—for whatever happens we are with our closest, dearest friend and savior. Keep close by Him in prayer, shelter in His love for you—and you can weather any storm.
- JuandelaCruz |
Tuesday, August 5, 2008
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