WHAT HAPPENS TO OUR FEAR WHEN GOD IS NEAR

HOMILY OF WEDNESDAY AFTER EPIPHANY

1John 4:11-18, Mark 6:45-52

Fear has the capacity to distort our realities. It can make us see things wrongly and as such quickens us into wrong reactions.

In our today’s gospel, we see Jesus after the feeding of the five thousand, he sent his disciples away, and having dispersed the crowd, he sought to be alone. However, he couldn’t stand the sight of his disciples facing the life threatening storm that was rocking them in the sea. “He meant to pass by them, but when they saw him walking on the sea they thought he was a ghost, and cried out; for they all saw him, and were terrified. But immediately he spoke to them and said, ‘Take heart, it is I; have no fear’ And got into the boat with them and the wind ceased.”

As a result of the crippling effect of their fear, the disciples could no longer recognize their master. The fear blinded them that they thought that he was a ghost. Fear like any other emotions, if not managed can tamper with our sanity.

Faith in God’s power to save creates a shield of protection around us. When we believe that he is always present with us, our fear is quelled and we possess the right mind to manage our life situations.

May we always enjoy the beauty of the Lord’s presence. And may his presence always calm our fears.

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