“No Fear”, is an American lifestyle clothing brand that was created in 1989 and whose popularity rose even without endorsement by popular celebrities. In the Gospel this Sunday, Jesus said,
“Therefore do not be afraid of them. Nothing is concealed that will not be revealed, nor secret that will not be known. What I say to you in the darkness, speak in the light; what you hear whispered, proclaim on the housetops. And do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul; rather, be afraid of the one who can destroy both soul and body in Gehenna.” (Mt. 10: 26 – 28)
Fear can prevent us or make us think twice about doing what God has called us to do as Christ’s disciples. Anxiety and uncertainty can create fear in our hearts, as we may have been hurt from previous similar experiences. Being afraid shouldn’t translate into fear or being affected by it. Jesus assures that our faith in Him can triumph over fear if we listen to the Holy Spirit. He basically said that nothing happens “without the Father’s knowledge”. Yes, we are being assured that God is in control and that faith will prevail.
“Be not afraid”, “Fear not”, “Do not worry”, or the other versions of the message are said to be mentioned more than 365 times in the Holy Bible. This means that every single day, God is assuring us of His control over the events that are happening. Jesus is telling us to persevere through the sufferings and pains, because He did went through it. He’s telling us to fix our eyes on Him, at the Cross, and reflect on what He has suffered and endured because of His greater love for us. We’re encouraged to use His suffering to assure us we can get through our own trials, with His grace and protection — as long as we have faith in Him. Having faith means not worrying nor denying Him even at the cost of our own lives.
The Gospel’s message this Sunday is perfectly timed especially with the current state of the world we’re living in. If ever it happens, we should be prepared if God calls us to testify for Him.
“The Spirit of truth that proceeds from the Father, will testify to me, says the Lord; and you also will testify.” (Jn. 15: 26b-27a)