Do Not Be Afraid
from August 10, 2014
said: “Take courage, it is
I; do not be afraid” (Mathew 14,27).
What does fear mean?
noun fear can be used in three ways with different meanings:
1. In one form fear is a strong,
uncontrollable, unpleasant emotion caused by actual or perceived danger, e.g. “He
was struck by fear on seeing the snake.”
2. In another form, and when
used with the indefinite article “a fear” means a phobia, a sense of fear induced
by something or someone, e.g. “Not everybody has the same fears; I have a fear of
3. In another form it can also
mean extreme veneration or awe: e.g. “fear of the Lord.”
What kinds of fear there are?
are different kinds of fear: good and not good.
fears are of demons and ghosts, the existence of evil powers, cockroaches, spiders,
snakes, heights, water, enclosed spaces, tunnels, bridges…
are others like: social rejection, failure, examinations and public speaking...
still others regarding God and the things of God such as fear of sinning, fear of
losing His friendship and his grace…
Our society lives full of fear: fear of death,
illness, hunger, war, joblessness, crime, failure, loneliness…
Some consequences of fear
fear makes us want to run away, mourn…
it makes us “freeze” (we can not do anything or we can not think to take some
it scares us or provokes in us anguish, despair, hopelessness…
fear takes away our joy, our peace, our serenity.
are in the boat, battered by the waves, far from the land, and the wind is against
them. They are in a dangerous situation. The boat is sailing with difficulty. The
shore of safety is still far away.
we are not in a boat on the lake, we sometimes find ourselves in a situation similar
to the disciples. We have different difficulties: personal failings, neighbour’s hostilities, judgment, sorrow or disquiet in our
hearts... Sometimes, even if we use all our strength, it seems we can not go on
disciples had rowed for a long time and were tired, Jesus approached them in a way
that they had not expected. He was on the lake and walked on the water.
We can not
dictate how Jesus will come to us, in what way He should be closer to us. His possibilities
are limitless; he can surprise us in many ways. It depends on how well we keep our
eyes on him, trust him, and allow him to help us. If our expectations are small,
then they can make us blind to the help and the encounter that Jesus really wants
to offer and have with us.
I read “if we live in fear of the future because of what happened in our past, we
will end up losing what we have in the present.”
Pope John XXIII said: “Only
for today, I will have no fears. In particular, I will not be afraid to enjoy what
is beautiful and to believe in goodness”.
also said: “Consult not your fears but your hopes and your dreams. Think not about
your frustrations, but about your unfulfilled potential. Concern yourself not with
what you tried and failed in, but with what it is still possible for you to do.”
John Paul II said: “Do not be afraid. Open wide the doors for Christ. To his saving
power open the boundaries of States, economic and political systems, the vast fields
of culture, civilization and development. Do not be afraid. Christ knows ‘what is
in man’. He alone knows it. So often today man does not know what is within him,
in the depths of his mind and heart. So often he is uncertain about the meaning
of his life on this earth. He is assailed by doubt, a doubt which turns into despair.
We ask you therefore, we beg you with humility and trust, let Christ speak to man.
He alone has words of life, yes, of eternal life.”
Jesus said: “Fear not little flock” (Lk 12:32) and “Take
courage, it is I; do not be afraid.”
Do not be
afraid to live out your faith and be the best you can be.
Let Our Lady help us to overcome our fears and trust in
Jesus because He said: “Do not be afraid, I am always with you.” –Fr. Higinio