Time and time again Jesus tells us not to be afraid. And, I have heard it said that the Bible contains 365 references to having no fear. I have not done the math to see if there really are enough “fear not commands” for each day of the year, but be assured that the Bible reminds us plenty to trust in God.
The encouragement to be not afraid does not come with the promise that everything will work out to our liking. It does not guarantee any particular outcome. Rather, we are told to stay strong and trust that everything is in God’s good care.
When we are afraid, it is a good practice to examine what we fear. It would be good for us to take stock and name our fears. Things seem to shrink in size and severity when we take a moment, especially when that moment leads us to prayer and the greater truth – the truth that we are not alone. The reality is we have nothing to be afraid of because Jesus loves us and will always be with us!
O Christ Jesus, when all is darkness and we feel our weakness and helplessness, give us the sense of Your presence, Your love, and Your strength. Help us to have perfect trust in Your protecting love and strengthening power, so that nothing may frighten or worry us, for, living close to You, we shall see Your hand, Your purpose, Your will through all things.
(St. Ignatius of Loyola)
Sister Lisa Maurer
Sister Lisa Maurer was born and raised in Sleep Eye, Minnesota. Before entering the Monastery in 2007, she taught and coached in Catholic Schools within the New Ulm Diocese. Sister Lisa Made her Perpetual Monastic Profession in July 11, 2012. Her first ministry as a Benedictine Sister was working at the parishes of St. Lawrence and St. Joseph in Duluth. Currently she is Director of Mission Integration for the Benedictine Health System.
This blog was originally published on January 10, 2014.