17 Oct Do Not Be Afraid (Lk 12:7) by Kevin McNicholas
“Even the hairs of your head have all been counted. Do not be afraid. You are worth more than many sparrows.” ~ Lk 12:7 (full readings)
Kevin’s Reflections: “Do not be afraid.” Those are really simple words that Jesus speaks in the Gospel today, but why do we live in fear so much of the time? I have seen in my work so many people, many at a very young age, who live each day in fear, worry, and anxiety. This becomes a lifelong habit for so many, and I believe fear makes a person doubt their self worth. Jesus, in this same verse, references how valuable each of us is to God. This is what keeps me from living my life in fear; when I do worry, I ask God for help, since He is the only One who can free me from fear. It is a process, learning to trust, learning that God is in control, since so much of our culture tells us that we are in control of our lives. We control so little, and worry about so much! Today I am going to ask God especially for His help letting go of unimportant things that burden me.
* Kevin is a School Social Worker in Southern Illinois. He and his wife Laura have been blessed with two miracles: a two year old daughter named Elliana (“the Lord Answers”) and a 5 1/2 month old son named Jeremiah (“God is Exalted”). They have been blessed during the 8 1/2 years of their marriage to travel to Catholic pilgrimage sites worldwide, as well as to live God’s call in their married and family life.
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