June 21, 2020
In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, a level of fear and anxiety is rampant in our society. Fr. John Mary’s homily tells us to do not be afraid, but receive graces through our acts of trust and maintain a union with God. Jesus, I Trust in You.
- It is not easy to not be afraid, but Jesus says to be afraid of the one who can destroy both soul and body in Hell.
- The devil can be the ONE who wants to destroy our soul, if we let him. So be alert, watchful and resist him by being firm in your faith.
- For those who persevere in sin, it is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the true living God.
- If we chose by our own will to refuse God’s open door of mercy, we must then pass through the door of His justice (judgement).
- Our most dangerous threat is that of being separated from God, the eternal loss of union with God.
- All good flows from union with God, all bad comes from separation from God. Humbly trust in Him.
Jesus says, “Do not be afraid of those who kill the body, but cannot kill the soul.” He says, “Be afraid of the one who can destroy both soul and body in hell.” Who was Jesus talking about? The devil is who wants to destroy our soul and body in hell. He is very powerful and deceptive, but Jesus reminds us of what is most important, union with God, and that is the reason we want to avoid sin.
The evil one wants to distract us with unhealthy fear, but Jesus invites us to trust in Him and be free from excessive, unhealthy fear. When experiencing fear, make the act of trust by saying, “Jesus, I trust in You.” This simple act of trust will help strengthen us against fear.