Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time
June 25, 2017
“Do not be afraid . . . everything that is now covered will be uncovered and everything now hidden will be made clear . . .”
“Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul . . .”
“There is no need to be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.”
What struck me as I began to look at this passage was the repetition of “Do not be afraid . . . do not be afraid . . . there is no need to be afraid."
What am I afraid of?
A child at deaf camp many years ago was attempting to walk along a narrow ledge. She looked at me and smiled and signed: “You're afraid I will fall? Don't be afraid. If you're afraid, you will make me afraid.”
Life can often seem like walking along a narrow ledge. Sometimes it is the only way to get to where we want to go. Persons marooned by our recent storm in Trinidad and Tobago—and those trying to help—have to take risks.
Jesus knew the dangers his disciples would face as they tried to carry out their mission. He knew the fears that would assail us. He himself experienced the fears that assailed him on the night before his passion. So he said it again and again, "Do not be afraid."
For Your Reflection
Why don't we spend some time today holding in our hearts our own fears or the fears of someone close to us? Let the words of Jesus pulsate in our hearts as our mantra: "Do not be afraid," renewing our strength to continue our mission.
Sister Christina Araujo, OP