"On the evening of that day, the first day of the week, the doors being shut where the disciples were, for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them…(Jn 20:19)

Every year that passes I feel that fear is often our biggest cross in our lives ... fear of failing an exam, fear of lack of employment, fear of a terrorist attack. Fear was no stranger to the first Christian communities. Legitimate fears, but the Lord placed himself among them, not only among the disciples but also among fears. The Risen Jesus puts himself in the middle, between the disciple and fear. The Lord does not prevent fears, he is not an umbrella that prevents evil from touching us, but his presence and company prevents fear, pain, suffering and even death to become the masters of our lives! Jesus puts himself in the middle.

Pentecost, the coming of the Holy Spirit, is the relationship between the Father and the Son that is extended to us. As God’s children, we are called to open the door to the Lord and put him in the middle of our lives. The fears are out there waiting for us, but Jesus is the way to not live as slaves of the world who insist on telling us "I am your master."

How do we respond to the fears?

"No more!!! Between you and me is the Lord Jesus, and the Holy Spirit, ‘little fear,’ you are no nothing more than a new challenge to focus my attention back on Jesus. "

Afonso Seixas Nunes, sj (Portugal)

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