First Reading: 2 Co 9:6-10
Gospel: Jn 12:24-26
Fear and Courage
To fear is a natural impulse. We fear being rejected. We fear failing. We fear not living up to expectations. We fear dying.
Someone once told me that the only thing that we should fear is fear itself. Most of the things that we fear are things that we cannot control. Accidents. Unrequited love. Irrational Thinking. Opposing Philosophies.
If something is out of our control, and we desperately try to take control of it, that’s when fear starts. The more we think about things that we cannot control, the more that these things control us. They consume us, so much so that we fail to see what needs to be done.
In the face of fear, to do what needs to be done, we need courage.
Courage is the decision to surrender the things that are out of our control to God.
Courage is doing the right thing no matter what the consequences may be.
Courage is the willingness to sacrifice for someone else’s benefit.
Courage is the power we get from having faith in God and having the strength to express it.
Courage is believing that God will bless us so long as we do the right thing.
Courage is looking fear straight in the eye, saying “I acknowledge you, but I will not let you consume me.”
Courage is our own will, fueled by faith, empowered by strength, to serve for God’s greater glory.
“Well for the man who is gracious and lends, who conducts his affairs with justice; He shall never be moved; the just one shall be in everlasting remembrance…His heart is firm, trusting in the Lord. His heart is steadfast; he shall not fear till he looks down upon his foes (Ps 112:5-6,8b-9)”