Monday, December 14, 2015

Advent 2015

"Have No Fear"

 

             "I am afraid."  These few words cause us to tremble whenever they are said or heard.  Yet, the bible tell us through numerous verses that we should not be afraid.  We spend so much time trying to remind ourselves to not be afraid that we forget why the bible says we shouldn't.  In John 3:16 God demonstrates the great love he has for us by making one of the ultimate sacrifices:  "For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life."  By giving up his only son, God shows us that he loves us in such a manner that he sends his son not to condemn us, but save us.

Ill feelings, selfishness, and malice have always been present within our world.  With breaking news about the latest natural disasters it is no surprise as to why we are afraid for ourselves and for others as well.  However, God calls us to action.  He asks that we use his son in order to save and reassure others that his love for us is unchanging and ever present.  Isaiah 12:2 says, "Surely God is my salvation; I will trust and will not be afraid, for the Lord God is my strength and my might..."  We find ourselves asking for the Lord to give us strength, which is fine.  Yet we must remember that the Lord is our strength and that through him we take courage in order to take action.

If our efforts were to be evaluated, what would the results be?  Considering that we are imperfect beings which at the same time are made in God's image puts us in an interesting position.  We have to believe that we can do better for each other, in order for things to change.  Despite the presence of fear and uncertainty we have to help others, believing it makes a difference.  We have to preach the good news, believing it makes a difference.

Creating a better world challenges us to ask questions such as: how can we love and care for everyone when we don't all agree?  Perhaps a start is reflecting on the fact that God is able to love our neighbors regardless of who they are.  Are we not made in his image?  The prophets spoke to us in ancient times, with knowledge revealed to them by God.  By this time we already have the revelation of God's word.  We must use and abide by it in order to continue making a positive change in each other's lives, without fear.

 

- Maria Aparicio Espinosa

 

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