Do Not Be Afraid: An Easter Homily

This is a copy of the homily given at Easter Sunday Mass by Fr. Jim Chern.  Check out the FOCUS Blog to read more posts like this!

“There is a legend from the Orient about a traveler making his way to a large city. One night he met two other travelers along the road: Fear and Plague. Plague explained to the traveler that, once they arrived, they expected to kill 10,000 people in the city. The traveler asked Plague if Plague would do all the killing. “Oh, no. I ‘m only going to kill only a few hundred. My friend Fear will kill the others.”

When you think about it, in a lot of ways Fear is a great equalizer. No matter what age, no matter what state of life, no matter what you’ve gone through, Fear is something we all will encounter. We will all have to deal with Fear:

– You’ve been studying, working hard for years, and graduation is coming upon you a lot sooner than you ever imagined it would.  It felt like not long ago when you were sitting in a huge room filled with strangers for Freshman Orientation.  Now you’re wondering . . . what’s next?

-You know that your company’s been going through some difficult times, but now the rumors of a buyout are sounding less like rumors and more like reality, and when things like this happen, more times than not someone’s losing their job. And you wonder if that someone is going to be you.

-You and your spouse have been together for a long time, but now there’s some unspoken tension, there’s been some uneasiness that wasn’t there before, there’s been some fights and you wonder if you will be able to get through this.

– The doctor says it’s just precautionary and that he just wants to set his mind at rest and he wants you to go and get this test done and you wonder what they will find.

There are countless other examples each of us can come up with relative ease.

Yes, there are an awful lot of things all of us deal with that frighten us, and a lot of them for good reason. And each year our Churches fill as people come together with many different things weighing on our minds and hearts this Easter Sunday. Wondering why we’re here. Wondering what it all means. Wondering is it worth it even coming to Mass, even coming to Church . . .”


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