“Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.” (Psalm 23:4)
BUILT WITH BOLDGRID
- Daily Mass Readings
Take out the old family photos and reminisce.
Note how things have changed. Focus on the influence refugees and asylum seekers have had in broadening our minds for the better in recent years.
“Be strong and bold. Do not fear or be in dread of them, for it is the Lord your God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you.” (Deut 31:6)
Fear Not, Welcome the stranger
Fear is an emotion which protects us from danger. When my brother was nine or ten years old, he used to climb up and run along the railway wall at the back of our house; there was a fifty foot drop down one side. He had no fear and therefore no sense of the danger to himself.
Fear resists change
Fear is an emotion which can easily and insidiously be evoked in us for the purpose of control, or to guide us in a particular direction. An example in the present time is the movement of great numbers of people from war-torn countries towards Europe, bringing with them their strange cultures, traditions and religions. They are in fear for their lives; are we being encouraged to fear them because we might have to share our wealth with them and because their arrival, in such numbers, would be bound to precipitate change from our comfortable and familiar ways?
Change is inevitable
Change, no matter how much we resist it, is inevitable. Ireland is a different place today than it was forty years ago because of the changes brought about by evolution and the movement of people.
The real question for us Christians is: what would Jesus do if he was in charge of Europe? Would he welcome the refugees?