Rise & do not be afraid
Growing up I had a lot of fears – spiders, clowns, doctors’ offices, and the dark – just to name a few. On a deeper level I feared belonging, being accepted and loved. I would be willing to bet that most of us live with some level of fear – physical or emotional.
In the Gospel today, Jesus says, “Rise, and do not be afraid.” He speaks to the heart of the human condition. They are the words we need to hear and be reminded of often.
While His words do not magically eliminate our fear, they are the call to take a first step into a new and changed life despite our fear. They are the assurance, once again, that fear does not have the final word – Christ does.
I don’t know what fears you are dealing with. Maybe it’s your vocation, job, income, anxiety, well-being. Whatever it is, listen to Him. Be raised up. Do not be afraid.
What if we not only read those words in the Gospel, but prayed and believed those words in the Gospel? Be raised up. Do not be afraid. What if they are the means by which we step into our own transfiguration?