Do Not be Afraid
The more I think about the human suffering in our world and my desire to offer a healing response, the more I realize how crucial it is not to allow myself to become paralyzed by feelings of impotence and guilt. More important than ever is to be very faithful to my vocation to do well the few things I am called to do and hold on to the joy and peace they bring me. I must resist the temptation to let the forces of darkness pull me into despair and make me one more of their many victims. I have to keep my eyes fixed on Jesus and on those who followed him and trust that I will know.
Jesus was just one person. Yet his mighty, loving impact on the world is felt even through today and will be always. Jesus was and is for everyone. But he especially uplifted the poor, the outcasts, the different. Let us not forget that. Let us not ignore that. It is not some insidious plot to bring us down. It is Jesus calling us to love each other, whoever that other might be. It may not always be easy. It may not always be pleasant. It may strike our neighbors as strange or even subversive. It may seem impossible. Resist the temptation to let love slide. Keep your eyes fixed on Jesus and his numberless saints who followed in his footsteps and made a positive difference in their world. There is no doubt our love can do the same.
St. Christopher's Episcopal Church
Beverly A. Tasy