In today's gospel from St. Mark, Jesus explains to Jairus, the synagogue official who had asked him to cure his daughter: “Do not be afraid, just have faith.” In other words, “Fear is useless, what is needed is trust.” In any crisis, in any confrontation, in any time of human trial, this blessed assurance from Jesus can tell us a great deal about how to face reality. Simply to understand the nature of fear as opposed t trust is to learn how to face difficulty as calmer, more stable human beings.
Again Jesus says that fear is useless. Therefore trust must be very useful!
· Fear is not to have control but to want it desperately.
· Trust is to yield control to God and know that it's okay to not be perfectly in charge of every situation.
· Fear is to be very upset over the unknown.
· Trust is to recognize that God knows all things, and that's all that is needed.
· Fear worries constantly about other forces in life that have power over us, to harm us.
· Trust does not worry and is aware that God is all powerful and is stronger than all other forces and
He cares for and about us.
· Fear makes us shrink and constrict.
· Trust in God allows us to be open and expand our horizons.
Jesus opens many of his conversations with his apostles, (and us!) with two words: “Fear not.” He isn't just being poetic. He is being practical. Fear is absolutely useless. It produces nothing positive. It contributes not a thing to one's growth and spiritual development. It does nothing but ruin our experiences.
The best advice is to trust deeply and see your fears vanish!
Peace, Deacon Steve
October 17, 2020
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