I read a meditation from the book Song of the Sparrow on fear and not letting fear paralyze us to the point where we won’t do something simply because we are afraid. There is prudence in not doing dangerous things, or things each of perceives as dangerous. Prudence can turn into fear and a lack of courage when we let fear take over our lives and we let fear decide for us what we will and won’t do. Do we avoid evangelizing in public for fear of offending someone or being called names or possibly having something thrown at us? If we have a special story to give witness to such as either a conversion story, an eye-opening experience of our Lord or a reversion story that brought us back to God and/or a religion are each of us letting our fears paralyze us so we avoid giving witness to others?
Then I read this scripture passage:
Matthew 17: 1-8
And after six days Jesus took with him Peter and James, and John his brother, and led them up a high mountain by themselves. And he was transfigured before them, and his face shone like the sun, and his clothes became white as light. And behold, there appeared to them Moses and Elijah, talking with him. And Peter said to Jesus, “Lord, it is good that we are here. If you wish, I will make three tents here, one for you and one for Moses and one for Elijah.” He was still speaking when, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them, and a voice from the cloud said, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased; listen to him.” When the disciples heard this, they fell on their faces and were terrified. But Jesus came and touched them, saying, “Rise, and have no fear.” And when they lifted up their eyes, they saw no one but Jesus only.
God is calling each one of us to preach the Gospel even if it may be a bit uncomfortable for us. We need to trust our Lord, that He will watch over us and take care of us. We need to listen and follow what Jesus said to Peter, James, and John. We need to rise up and have no fear. We need to conquer our fears with the help of our Lord. We need to repeatedly say Jesus I trust in You.