The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom should I fear?
- Psalm 27:1
The Church gives the name "Holy Week" to the final days leading up to Jesus' passion and death. The prophet Isaiah does not explicitly name Jesus. Rather, he is called "my servant" and "my chosen one with whom I am pleased" (Isaiah 42:1). Every devout Jew would recognize this "servant" as the long-awaited Messiah. At the same time, the Messiah is not presented as a warrior or a king. He is seen as a gentle, nonviolent person who has compassion for oppressed and suffering people.
Psalm 27 portrays the servant as one who is not wracked with fear. His trust and confidence are firm because he relies on the power of God, not on his own.
Did you ever think of how many wrong decisions are driven by fear? Fear of failing, of being criticized, of making a mistake, of not having enough of this or of that... fear of not being in control? Jesus' story is the story of doing the right thing... right up to the cross... in spite of our fears and to then trust God with the outcome.
This Monday Minute is from Living Faith and Fr. Martin Pablo, OFM Cap. and Deacon Andy Neu, currently listening to Were You There, by the Peguero Sisters. Listen in at https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=LRaFdFkOVyY