November 16, 2019

Tag - Fear

Regarding Fear

Our readings from Malachi (3:19-20) and the Gospel of Luke (21:5-19) are rather scary. So, apparently, we have some more fear to add to the fears that we are already facing and that we are fed by the media. Speaking of fear, about 20 years ago...

When the Word Reaches Our Hearts

To how many thousands of words were we exposed this past week? From newspapers, magazines, leaflets, notices, forms, contracts, radio, TV, social media….Weary, we take refuge in our church today and we tell ourselves: “I need a break; I need...

Acting as Children of the Light

To use a cliché we could say that the world and the Church so differ from each other as night and day. This analogy is intentional and revealing because it is first used by Christ who is the Light that shines in the darkness of the world. It is also...

Where is the Bride?

Have you noticed? If it is not a deranged man massacring innocent people at a concert or at a Sunday religious service, it is the real possibility of a global war breaking out at any moment, or the threat of another terrorist attack. There seems to...

The Right Kind of Fear

Matthew 10:26-33 can be understood only if taken together with what is written in the preceding verses. In them Jesus conveys, in colorful yet mysterious tones, the idea of the explosive energy of the Gospel. For Jesus the Good News packs such power...

Rise, and Do Not Be Afraid

I grew up on a farm, and sometimes I rode with my father on the tractor when he was out working in the fields. On occasion he let me take the steering wheel; that was okay, because he was still the one actually driving. When I was about eleven...

His “Little Flock”

Do not be afraid any longer, little flock. I love these words. I love especially the adjective “little.” It speaks of tenderness, of an irresistible urge to protect, to hold tight to one’s heart, to cherish most dearly. And what makes this...

Seeking Solid Ground

An enviable aspect of childhood is to be allowed to take refuge in a world of dreams, make-believes, and incredible feats made easy. We, grownups, let children take refuge in it, now and then, for two reasons: we would like to return to that magic...

Be Strong, Fear Not!

Say to those whose hearts are frightened: Be strong, fear not! Here is your God; he comes with vindication; with divine recompense he comes to save you. (Isaiah 35:4) These words of encouragement are addressed also to us because our hearts are not...

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