4TH SUNDAY OF LENT
Carolyn Shields, C '14

 

"I will fear no evil."
Psalm 23:4

 

There are certain Gospels or Bible passages I sigh at when we hear them at mass, or when we go over them in Bible study. Ones like the Creation story, the Prodigal Son, Psalm 23; ones we have heard a trillion times... but scripture is so infinitely rich and I'm continually shocked at how much spiritual juice we can squeeze out of it. Our reading today tells us in Psalm 23:4 that even though we may find ourselves in dark valleys, we should not be afraid. Can you imagine a life without fear? Fear is so crippling and prohibits us from living fully, as Christ wants us to live. But there is no need to fear the evil in the dark, for He is beside us, "with his rod and staff." He cloaks our own darkened shadows with His "goodness and love" which will follow us all the days of our life. What have we to fear when we walk alongside Him?

 

Lord, I entrust to You all of my fears, anxieties, and worries. I lay them down and offer them up. I know You go before me, that You guide me, and You walk beside me. And I pray, never leave me. Amen.

1 Sm 16: 1, 6-7, 10-13, Ps 23: 1-6, Eph 5: 8-14; Jn 9: 1-14