What is your greatest fear? For many, it's probably the fear of dying, especially without having really lived a long and fulfilling life. Death is definitely a frightening thought, though it typically comes in passing moments and then you forget about it, as you become so focussed onthe life you're living. I'd have to say if I had to narrow it down to one or two fears, it would be heights and spiders. Since I know these are my fears, I try to avoid having anything to do with either. God shows us even these minor fears don't need to be on our shoulders alone, but that He'll help us through them and face the day, coming out stronger on the other side (even when your siblings in law convince you a roller coaster called mount Everest has no big loops or heights, and you come out on the other side tricked and absolutely bawling). How is God helping you to face your fears, big and small?
Today's Gospel states:'Soon afterward he went to a city called Na'in, and his disciples and a great crowd went with him. As he drew near to the gate of the city, behold, a man who had died was being carried out, the only son of his mother, and she was a widow; and a large crowd from the city was with her. And when the Lord saw her, he had compassion on her and said to her, "Do not weep." And he came and touched the bier, and the bearers stood still. And he said, "Young man, I say to you, arise." And the dead man sat up, and began to speak. And he gave him to his mother. Fear seized them all; and they glorified God, saying, "A great prophet has arisen among us!" and "God has visited his people!" And this report concerning him spread through the whole of Judea and all the surrounding country' (Luke 7:11-17).
Today's reading talks about how God comes to us when we are in our greatest time of need. This could be when facing one of the greatest trials we've yet had to face, to something minor that will only impact us for a brief period of time. Usually it will have something to do with the element of fear that lingers over us. Normally, this fear comes from not knowing what will happen in the future, how we will handle a situation, a trial, and we become paralyzed by our fear. In these times, it's important to remember your faith, that God will always be there holding your hand and helping you through. Think of how scared Jesus must have been, facing the persecution and bearing the Cross. He had faith that God was present, that good would come from his suffering. Take some time to pray and ask God to help you face your fears.
Today we pray:
Thank You for helping me make it to this point in my life. Help me each and every day to face my fears and help me to know that You are helping me through everything that comes my way.
I pray in Your most holy name, Amen.