Fear not; it is I

first_img 176 Views   no discussions FaithLifestyleLocalNews Fear not; it is I by: – August 6, 2011 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. dlast_img read more

Area Boys Basketball Scores (2-17)

first_imgArea Boys Basketball Scores.Friday  (2-17)Batesville  61     Jennings County  53Bulldogs JV won  54-49Oldenburg  68     Trinity Lutheran  28Connersville  36     Franklin County  29Switz. County  44     Jac-Cen-Del  24South Ripley  64     Rising Sun  39SW Hanover  46     Milan  41Lawrenceburg  66     South Dearborn  48North Decatur  72     SW Shelby  58Edinburgh  52     South Decatur  51Greenfield-Central  70     Rushville  59Knightstown  76     Waldron  62RC Academy  52     Shawe Memorial  33Union County  70     Union City  56last_img read more

Eagles Middle School CC Results At Sunman-Dearborn

first_imgThe Jac-Cen-Del junior high cross country teams ran in a three way meet at Sunman-Dearborn along with Milan.The JCD girls’ team finished third. The JCD boys’ team finished [email protected] of Eagles Coach Steve Narwold.last_img

UTEP reinstates QB Kai Locksley from suspension, pledges to support senior after arrest

first_imgAthletics director Jim Senter said in a press release (which was posted online by KTSM-TV’s Colin Deaver) Friday that he and Dimel believe “the final charges will not be as severe as what has been reported.” UTEP football sources told the El Paso Times on Wednesday that Locksley was optimistic the charges would be pleaded down to misdemeanors or dismissed. A court date had not been set as of late July, KTSM reported.MORE: SN’s Group of 5 predictions for 2019″We believe in restorative justice and feel that Kai will benefit more in the long run by getting the necessary support and guidance from his coaches and teammates, rather than being dismissed from the team,” Senter said.”While we welcome Kai back to our football team, I want to make it very clear that he will have a list of expectations placed on him,” Dimel said in the same release.  “We will keep these expectations in-house, but a zero tolerance policy will be in effect. The rest is up to Kai, but we’re hopeful that he can come out of all this the best possible person and teammate.” Locksley, the son of Maryland football coach Mike Locksley, made eight starts for UTEP in 2018 and played in nine games overall. He posted a team-high 1,277 yards of total offense (937 passing, 340 rushing) and nine total touchdowns (three passing, six rushing).He is one of seven quarterbacks on the Miners’ 2019 roster; Dimel told reporters Thursday that all seven would receive work during fall practice, which turned out to be a hint that Locksley would be reinstated.The Miners will open their season Aug. 31 vs. Houston Baptist, an FCS team. UTEP coach Dana Dimel says he is hopeful senior quarterback Kai Locksley can emerge from his recent suspension as “the best possible person and teammate.”Locksley was reinstated Friday, the first day of fall practice. UTEP suspended him after his June 8 arrest in El Paso, Texas, on charges of driving while intoxicated, marijuana possession, making terroristic threats and illegal possession of a firearm.last_img read more