Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Do not Be Afraid

The risen Christ appearing to the Eleven,
from Duccio's Maestà
Dum haec autem loquuntur, Iesus stetit in medio eorum et dicit eis
«Pax vobis. Ego sum. Nolite timere.»
— Luke 24:36
As they thus spake, Jesus himself stood in the midst of them, and saith unto them, "Peace be unto you. It is I. Do not be afraid."
The world wishes us to be afraid, and, in fact, our Enemy counts on our fear to keep us under his control. But our Lord says, "Do not be afraid."
Do not be afraid, for I have overcome the world.
Do not be afraid, for I have have risen from the dead.
Do not be afraid, for I have torn opened the gates of Hell, and have conquered Death, and have freed the souls in prison, and have bound the Deceiver.
elieve in me, and rise to life everlasting.
So why should we turn back and live in fear after this Easter? How can we, having once seen the risen Lord? Let us keep our eyes on the Lord, cast our fear on the Lord, trust in Him, and live in joy, a joy the world cannot take from us.