Be Strong, Fear Not!

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I’m hearing more and more about how so many people are frightened today. Not just because of terrorist attacks or random violence. Sure, that’s part of it, but it goes to something much deeper. Today’s readings give us hope and some powerful advice.

In the first reading from Isaiah, we read this: “Strengthen the hands that are feeble, make firm the knees that are weak, Say to those whose hearts are frightened: Be strong, fear not!” In the Gospel reading from Luke 5, Jesus heals a man who was paralyzed.

Why are so many people frightened today? I believe it is because they don’t feel a sense of control. The whole world has spun out of control! Here’s the funny thing: for us, control is an illusion. We feel things are out of control, but the truth is we never had control in the first place. You know who does, though? God. As Jesus fulfilled the prophesy in Isaiah perfectly, let us today fulfill it as well, telling others, “Be strong, fear not!” Because the reality is, God’s got this!

Father, forgive us for being such control freaks, and losing heart. Help us to know that you always have things under control, and to proclaim to others, “Be strong, fear not!” Amen.

Today’s Readings

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