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FaithLifestyleLocalNews Fear not; it is I by: – August 6, 2011 Share Sharing is caring! Fear Not For I am With You. Photo credit: tripwow.tripadvisor.comThe gospel this weekend puts in inseparable relation two basic human emotions or responses, namely trust and fear. Jesus doesn’t say it explicitly but the import of his words (and actions) is if you have trust, you will overcome fear. Peter began to trust and was doing what he never imagined he could do, until he was gripped by fear, and he began to sink.Jesus spoke several times about trust and fear. “Fear not, little flock,’ he said on one occasion, “it has pleased the Father to give you the Kingdom.” That was in response to trepidation about the future. “Do not let your hearts be troubled; trust in God still; and trust in me.” In response to the same recurring apprehensions. “Fear not it is I.” In response to appearances after the Resurrection. And today the words are the same in a situation of peril. “Fear not, it is I.”The root of fear lies in our absence of control. Fear of the dark, one may say, is the primordial human fear, and the reason is obvious. We don’t know what he dark conceals; we have no idea what threatens; we have no way of knowing what to guard against, and we respond – with fear. In this sense the adult finding himself or herself alone on dimly lit street at night and the child who suddenly wakes from sleep and cries in the enveloping darkness are exactly in the same state. They feel suddenly vulnerable and defenceless; both are invaded by fear.If a mother, however, hears her child’s cry and rushes into the bedroom to hold the child close, the child’s fear instantly vanishes. Similarly if some people suddenly turn the corner and appear on the street, the adult feels a lift in apprehension.Both these rather simple examples highlight the relation between our two emotions. You can’t talk or reason yourself out of fear. Fear has to be displaced by trust.We are all affected by a variety of fears. For some people, it’s fear of heights; they can’t use elevators; for others, it fear of crowds; they can’t venture out; they must stay at home. For some it’s fear of fear of flying; they never travel or they must go by bus or train. For some it’s a fear of rejection; they must please everybody in every circumstance. And for nearly everyone, there’s the fear of death. These are just some examples from the multiplicity of fears that afflict human beings. Some of things people have phobias about may sound strange to us but not to the people who have them.I’ve said that fear is displaced by trust, not by argument or persuasion, but what does it meant to trust? We must distinguish. We trust other people, including people we don’t know, in a variety of ways every day. We never think about it. Trust, however, in the sense of trusting someone with one’s life is another matter. Trust is a matter of increasing gravity the closer we come to giving others that kind of trust. I trust the pilot of an airplane in a different way from the way I trust TT Post to deliver my letters. I trust my friend or my spouse in a different way from trusting an acquaintance. And I trust God in a different way still.In deeper forms of trust I hand myself over with less and less reservation. In more complete forms of trust, I hand myself over more completely.Another thing we note, of course, as we pursue the matter is that the more deeply we love, the more completely we trust, the more we hand ourselves over to the one we trust.Those are the features that shed light on trust in God. Trust in God means that I hand myself completely over, without reservations or qualifications. I hold nothing back.It means that I also have difficult lessons to learn. I must learn for example that there’s no necessary correlation between asking and receiving, or between believing and feeling.Trusting in God is finally another way of referring to providence. It means openness to all that happens, to God’s responses and to God’s silences; to our graces and our crosses. It means believing that God is never asleep, distant, or uncaring – because that’s what Jesus said. Trust comes down finally to believing in Jesus and taking him at his word.By: Father Henry Charles Ph. d Share Share Tweet 177 Views no discussions