It is very easy to feel afraid these days. There are so many violent events in our world. London. Paris. Brussels. Moreover, we read about so much crime. People getting shot. Even Congressmen. If you live in a big city, especially like Chicago or New York, it is not hard to read about crime. It is always in front of our eyes. We can be afraid economically. Will I have a job? Will I be able to afford health insurance? Will my family be ok?
There is also a moral challenge. How hard it is to speak the truth when people do not want to hear it? How hard can it be to stand up for what is right? This is the problem faced by Jeremiah in today’s first reading. He is being persecuted, even threatened with death, for simply speaking the message God gave him.
And yet, Jeremiah helps us in our fear. He trusted in God. So too should we. While there are certainly many powerful things that cause us to fear, God is more powerful. God is stronger. God is indeed more than anything that can be thrown into our way. Often, it can be that when we give into this fear, and act from it, that we make our worst decisions. We need to remember the words of Saint Paul, who assures us that the love of God is more powerful than anything we can imagine.