Only Fear One Thing

Dear Parishioners,

Pope John Paul II had as his motto: “Be not afraid.” Of course, he was quoting Jesus, whom we heard say to His apostles in today's gospel, “Do not be afraid.” Since God knows how many hairs are on our head and is aware when even a little sparrow dies, then He's aware of every detail of our lives.

God is aware of what will take place in our lives and cares, but He does not guarantee that bad things will not happen to us. Ups and downs are part of our existence. They even happened to God's prophets and to Jesus himself. Because God is aware and cares, He tells us not to fear. He will make everything turn out right for those who are faithful to Him.

When Jesus tells us not to fear, He's telling us not to worry and to put our trust in Him. One thing Jesus tells us to fear is God. “Do not be afraid of those who can kill the body but cannot kill the soul; rather, be afraid of the ones go can kill both body and soul in Gehenna.”

Jesus's words confuse some people. Aren't we supposed to love God? If we fear Him, how can we love Him? The fear that Jesus talks about is the fear of being unfaithful to God. It is about having a sense of awe, respect and reverence when we approach God. If we are at peace with God and know the Lord is with us, we will have little to fear.

Sincerely in Christ,

Father Dominick