We know that God is a loving Father. Jesus came to show us that. But even loving fathers punish their children when punishment is merited. In today’s first reading from Amos 3 and 4, we read that the punishment for Israel would not be easy.
In the Gospel reading from Matthew 8, Jesus is asleep on a boat. Suddenly a violent storm came up on the sea. His disciples wake Jesus up, saying, “Lord, save us! We are perishing!” Jesus gets up and, before calming the storm, says to them, “Why are you terrified, O you of little faith?”
I’m sure Jesus didn’t mean this as a slam. It was merely a statement of fact. I’m afraid the same can be said of me. You too? Our fears come to the fore when we have little faith. How often we put our fears above the power of Christ. Rest assured that Jesus is more powerful than any fear you have. The more you have faith in the power of Christ, the less your fears will control you.
Father, increase our faith, that we may replace our fears with trust in your Son. Amen.