Mass Readings: October 14
First: Romans 4:1-8
Resp: Psalm 32:1-2,5,11
Gospel: Luke 12:1-7


"Fear nothing, then." –Luke 12:7

Three-hundred and sixty-five times, once for each day of the year, the Lord commands us in the Bible: "Do not be afraid" (Lk 12:4). Pope John Paul II repeatedly proclaimed, prayed, and prophesied: "Do not be afraid." Although Satan tries to use fear to manipulate and even to enslave us (Heb 2:15), we can overcome the temptations to give in to fear. We can overcome not because we are strong, but because Jesus is our Strength and we believe in His love for us.

Jesus is the Good Shepherd. Though we walk in the valley of the shadow of death, we fear no evil for He is at our side (Ps 23:4) and even within us (see Jn 6:56). Jesus is the Light of the world. He is our Light and our Salvation; whom shall we fear? (Ps 27:1) Jesus is Love (1 Jn 4:16), and "Love has no room for fear; rather, perfect love casts out all fear" (1 Jn 4:18). Jesus is God. He is perfect. Know Jesus; no fear!

PRAYER: Father, may I only believe and not fear (Lk 8:50).
PROMISE: "Blest is the man to whom the Lord imputes no guilt." –Rm 4:8
PRAISE: Pope St. Callistus I was a slave in a Roman household, who upon his conversion became a slave to Jesus Christ.