Commentary on the Gospel of

Paulson Veliyannoor, CMF - Claretian Publications Philippines

Outgrowing Fear

What is the most repeated, persistent command from God in the Scriptures? I guess it is the command not to worry! Every time Yahweh or an angel of the Lord appears to a human being, his first words are “Do not be afraid.” Post-resurrection, these words get converted into a more positive assurance: “Peace be with you.” Almost every human act of evil emerges from deep-seated fear. In today’s Gospel, speaking of the persecutions that await his disciples, Jesus tells them not to worry, but to trust in him. For a soul that has trusted herself into the hands of God, nothing can be a tragedy. Jesus himself has set the example before us, by commending his spirit into his Father’s hands, from the cross. The one who can so let oneself fall in trust will find the law of gravity annulled and oneself being held in God’s palms.


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