Faith in the Midst of Fear

June 27, 2023 at 8:18 p.m.
Faith in the Midst of Fear
Faith in the Midst of Fear

Jim Murray, Fiat Ventures

12th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Dear Reader,
I have some bad news for you… Life can be hard sometimes. In fact, it can even get so bad that we can be tempted to lose all hope that things will ever get better. Life is full of challenges and uncertainty and hardship, sadness and despair and loneliness, and through all of this it can be easy to lose sight of our faith. However, the readings this Sunday offer us hope and courage to live out our faith boldly and trust in God, even in the midst of life’s difficulties.

In the first reading, Jeremiah describes the abuse he endures for being God’s messenger and speaking the truth in a culture of darkness. He lists all the things that are being said against him and how his enemies are waiting for him to falter so that they can take vengeance on him. Yet he does not let this fear alter his faith in God. Rather, in his darkest moments, instead of despairing or turning to sin, he reaffirms his faith and his trust in God, knowing that in God he has a sure foundation and a mighty champion.

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In the second reading from the book of Romans, St. Paul illustrates how through Adam’s sin, humanity inherited the consequences of sin and death. But through Christ’s sacrifice, we have received the gift of redemption and eternal life. Through our faith in Christ, we believe that the power of Jesus’ death and Resurrection frees us from the chains of sin. This passage serves as a reminder that no matter how deeply we may have fallen, God’s love and mercy are always available to lift us up, offering us forgiveness and the opportunity for healing, hope and new life in Christ.

In the Gospel reading, Jesus reminds us how precious we are in the eyes of God. He teaches us not to be slaves to fear or to be overcome by the trials and difficulties of life. God wants us to live in freedom knowing that we can put our trust completely in him and he will take care of us. He reminds us that we are his precious children, and that he will provide for us.

“Are not two sparrows sold for a small coin? Yet not one of them falls to the ground without your Father’s knowledge. Even all the hairs of your head are counted. So do not be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.”

These readings offer us profound insights into the strength and comfort we can find in our Catholic faith. Like Jeremiah, we may face challenges and ridicule for our beliefs, but we can find solace in God’s unwavering love. Through Christ’s sacrifice, we are redeemed and offered the opportunity for renewal, no matter how deeply we may have fallen. Jesus assures us that God knows and cares for us intimately, urging us not to fear but to trust in His providence. As we navigate the complexities of life, let these passages inspire you to embrace your faith wholeheartedly, finding strength, hope, and peace in the loving arms of the Heavenly Father.


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12th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Dear Reader,
I have some bad news for you… Life can be hard sometimes. In fact, it can even get so bad that we can be tempted to lose all hope that things will ever get better. Life is full of challenges and uncertainty and hardship, sadness and despair and loneliness, and through all of this it can be easy to lose sight of our faith. However, the readings this Sunday offer us hope and courage to live out our faith boldly and trust in God, even in the midst of life’s difficulties.

In the first reading, Jeremiah describes the abuse he endures for being God’s messenger and speaking the truth in a culture of darkness. He lists all the things that are being said against him and how his enemies are waiting for him to falter so that they can take vengeance on him. Yet he does not let this fear alter his faith in God. Rather, in his darkest moments, instead of despairing or turning to sin, he reaffirms his faith and his trust in God, knowing that in God he has a sure foundation and a mighty champion.

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In the second reading from the book of Romans, St. Paul illustrates how through Adam’s sin, humanity inherited the consequences of sin and death. But through Christ’s sacrifice, we have received the gift of redemption and eternal life. Through our faith in Christ, we believe that the power of Jesus’ death and Resurrection frees us from the chains of sin. This passage serves as a reminder that no matter how deeply we may have fallen, God’s love and mercy are always available to lift us up, offering us forgiveness and the opportunity for healing, hope and new life in Christ.

In the Gospel reading, Jesus reminds us how precious we are in the eyes of God. He teaches us not to be slaves to fear or to be overcome by the trials and difficulties of life. God wants us to live in freedom knowing that we can put our trust completely in him and he will take care of us. He reminds us that we are his precious children, and that he will provide for us.

“Are not two sparrows sold for a small coin? Yet not one of them falls to the ground without your Father’s knowledge. Even all the hairs of your head are counted. So do not be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.”

These readings offer us profound insights into the strength and comfort we can find in our Catholic faith. Like Jeremiah, we may face challenges and ridicule for our beliefs, but we can find solace in God’s unwavering love. Through Christ’s sacrifice, we are redeemed and offered the opportunity for renewal, no matter how deeply we may have fallen. Jesus assures us that God knows and cares for us intimately, urging us not to fear but to trust in His providence. As we navigate the complexities of life, let these passages inspire you to embrace your faith wholeheartedly, finding strength, hope, and peace in the loving arms of the Heavenly Father.

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