Sunday, November 14, 2010

Holy Fear

What I take away from today's Mass readings is that we need to have a Holy Fear. After all, fear of the Lord is one of the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit. However, this is not a fear of irrational anticipation of God's wrath and judgement, but rather a fear in which we acknowledge who God is and who we are not. It is to be in awe of God.
If we have that kind of holy fear, we can see the hope and promise God gives us in today's readings, without it, we might just see the doom and gloom.
Jesus tells us in the Gospel that the wars, famines etc. all must happen. If we look around us, we see they are happening. Jesus may come again today, tomorrow, or in a year not of our lifetime, but He will come~ at the end of time and for us individually at our death. Holy fear allows us to be ready for Him.
There are many who still do not believe that Jesus is the Messiah. The day is coming when every knee will bend, and every tongue confess to the glory of God the Father that Jesus Christ is Lord. (see Philippians 2:10~11)

*Musical artist is John Michael Talbot


Michael said...

Holy fear. I like that phrase - and you described it just right.

God Bless.

Anne said...

Awe of the greatness of God, that is how I understand Holy Fear as well.

Colleen said...

Beautiful meditation. We both focused on hope today. :)
By the way, I am writing a post about the St Francis de Sales quote you have on your blog and your choosing him to be my patron saint. I will be linking back to your blog.
God bless!

Victor S E Moubarak said...

Very sobering post.

Many do not have fear because they do not believe and think that the good times will go on forever. Both your post Karinann and Michael's have a similar resonance today.

God bless you both for this timely message.

Karinann said...

I am glad the Holy Spirit touched you all in some way with this post. I have to be honest- I had a tough time posting today. It seems that when I feel most unsure about what I am writing, those are the posts that seem to touch people the most. The same thing happened with the Mary Magdalen post of a few days ago. I had a whole other direction in mind when I sat down to write.
Thanks for all your thoughts on this one.
God bless!

Daily Grace said...

Just beautiful!

Mary333 said...

This is an excellent post explaining just what Holy Fear is - and what isn't. Awe describes it very well. I think this gift is often misunderstood and I'm glad you posted on it!

Karinann said...

Thanks Mary, but thank the Holy Spirit for giving me the idea. I had no idea where this post was going when I started it.
God bless!

Closing Prayer

Psalm 45: Canticle of Love to the King

My heart overflows with a good theme;
I address my verses to the King;
My tongue is the pen of a ready writer.
You are fairer than the sons of men;
Grace is poured upon Your lips;
Therefore God has blessed You forever.

Gird Your sword on Your thigh, O Mighty One,
In Your splendor and Your majesty!
And in Your majesty ride on victoriously,
For the cause of truth and meekness and righteousness;
Let Your right hand teach You awesome things.
Your arrows are sharp;
The peoples fall under You;
Your arrows are in the heart of the King’s enemies.

Your throne, O God, is forever and ever;
A scepter of uprightness is the scepter of Your kingdom.
You have loved righteousness and hated wickedness;
Therefore God, Your God, has anointed You
With the oil of joy above Your fellows.
All Your garments are fragrant with myrrh and aloes and cassia;
Out of ivory palaces stringed instruments have made You glad.
Kings’ daughters are among Your noble ladies;
At Your right hand stands the queen in gold from Ophir.