CHRIST exhorts us to be so. “So do not be afraid of them,” he said. “Everything now covered up will be uncovered, and everything now hidden will be made clear. What I say to you in the dark, tell in the daylight; what you hear in whispers, proclaim from the housetops. Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul; fear him rather who can destroy both body and soul in hell.” (Mt 10,26-28).

If we believe in Christ, we know that we have nothing to be afraid of, as long as we carry out his will. He will take care of everything. Yes, some effort, even extraordinary effort would be needed. And we can expect all kinds of challenges and difficulties along the way. We would not be exempted from suffering. But then again, Christ takes care of everything.
In another part of the gospel, he clearly gave us this assurance. “In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world,” he said. (Jn 16,33) We need to etch these words indelibly in our mind and heart as we carry out our Christian duty to evangelize and to do apostolate.

Truth is the world, especially these days when it is spiralling out of control in a sophisticated web of attractive errors and confusion, is in great need of God’s word and spirit. We have to follow what St. Paul once said, “Preach the Word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage–with great patience and careful instruction.

“For the time will come when men will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths.” (2 Tim 4,2-4).

Let’s also keep in mind what Christ said about when we are faithful to his will and when we are not. “If anyone declares himself for me in the presence of human beings, I will declare myself for him in the presence of my Father in heaven,” he said. “But the one who disowns me in the presence of human beings, I will disown in the presence of my Father in heaven.” (Mt 10,32-33).

If we want to be truly and consistently Christian, we would give no place in our heart for fear other than that wonderful gift of the Holy Spirit that is the healthy fear of the Lord. That fear of the Lord is the fear of offending God that would lead anyone to prefer to die for Christ rather than to sin.

About the only reason to fear, worry and be sad is when we lose our faith, when we lose touch with God. We have to pray and pray so that our doubts and fears would not undermine our faith.

Let’s not waste time and energy by falling into the grips of fears, worries and sadness. When we notice that we are having some languid moments, it can be a sign that our faith is not working, and that we are succumbing to the laws of the flesh and the world, if not, to the tricks of the devil.

Especially in our dark and difficult moments, which these days are not anymore uncommon, when we feel so miserable that we can think that we have been deserted by God, we need to react immediately and reassure ourselves strongly that God never fails us.