This blog is based on references in the Bible to fear. God wills that we “BE NOT AFRAID”. Many theologians state that the eighth deadly sin is fear. It is fear and its natural animal reaction to fight or flight that is the root cause of our failings to create a Kingdom of God on earth. By “the power of the Holy Spirit” we can be witnesses and “communicators” of a new and redeemed humanity “even to the ends of the earth” (Acts 1:7 8). This blog is dedicated to Mary the Mother of God.
Friday, April 3, 2015 Good Friday
Chapter 19, verse 7-9
answered, “We have a law, and according to that law he ought to die, because he
made himself the Son of God.” 8Now when Pilate heard this statement, he became even
more afraid, 9and went back into the praetorium and said to Jesus,
“Where are you from?” Jesus did not answer him.
Pilate was afraid of diabolical and
fanatical men but not of God. Let us not be like Pilate. How often are we
though when we go about our daily business? Pilate symbolically washed his
hands to remove his guilt. Did it work? To remind myself of this as I wash my
hands throughout the day during the washing I say the Hail Mary and ask our
Lady to help me not betray the sacrifice of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
I try to remember He became hopeless to give us hope.
In our book study of Character is
Destinywe will study
the hopefulness of John Winthrop who left the security of his native country to
face the dangers of an unknown world to create and shape the character of a new
civilization in America. Is there still hope in this country He helped found?
Only if we hope!
John was a puritan and followed
their teachings in that they are to be in the world but not of the world. They
should not love earthly pleasures but neither should they shun the blessings of
God. To be humble and grateful and give hope to others, by being faithful and
encouraging in their own society. John believed men should strive to build a
shining city on the hill by putting ones duty to God and community before one’s
own personal desires and to never despair.
He wrote and preached the sermon,
“Model of Christian
Charity” to give hope to others. He led always by example and never, never
gave up hope. Next Friday I will examine the confidence of Queen Elizabeth I in our continuing book study of Character is Destiny. Please feel free to add your comments!
McCain, John and Salter, Mark. (2005) Character is destiny. Random
House, New York.