It's Easter Monday! The Easter season is a favorite of mine because we get to go through the Acts of the Apostles for our first readings every day. Today from Acts 2 we hear part of Peter's speech at Pentecost.
During this Octave of Easter, we hear the post-resurrection accounts from the Gospels for our Gospel readings. Today we're in Matthew 28, where Jesus meets up with the two Marys and says to them, "Do not be afraid. Go tell my brothers to go to Galilee, and there they will see me."
Do not be afraid. This is the most common admonition is Scripture. Jesus' disciples had many reasons to fear, not the least of which was that He had risen from the dead. No one had ever done that before! Today, many people are filled with fear - fear of coronavirus, fear of losing a job or fear of how to get by because of a lost job. But as Christians, we must banish fear from our lives. We know that God is victorious, and that Jesus has conquered sin and death! So do not be afraid! God's got this!
Father, take away all our fear. May confidence in you fill our hearts, no matter what's going on in the world, through Christ our Lord. Amen.