Pestilence and Fear

In his book The Prayer of the Frog Vol.2, Father Anthony de Mello SJ, tells the story of Pestilence who was on its way to Damascus and sped by a chief’s caravan in the desert.

 

“Where are you speeding to?” asked the chief.

 

“To Damascus, I mean to take a thousand lives.”

 

On its way back from Damascus, Pestilence passed by the caravan again.

 

The chief said, “It was 50,000 lives that you took, not a thousand!”

 

“No,” said Pestilence. “I took a thousand, it was Fear that took the rest.”

 

“‘Do not be afraid, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.”

 

Fear is a very powerful emotion that so many of us face every day of our lives, yet our Lord tells us not to be afraid, instead we need to be expectant of the kingdom of God, for in the kingdom of God there is no place for fear, for pain, for hurt, for sin.

 

But, does that mean that we have to wait until we have passed away before we can enter the Kingdom? No, we enter the Kingdom of God from the moment that we enter the relationship with God the Father, sanctified by Jesus and strengthened by the Holy Spirit. Does that mean that we won’t be afraid, hurt or sin anymore?

 

Again, the answer is no, we will have reasons to be afraid, to hurt, to experience pain, but we can hand them all over to God, let Him carry our burdens, He does it all the time, in fact He carried it all on His back as He carried the sins of the world on His back all the way to Golgotha and beyond.

 

“‘Do not be afraid, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.”

 

Love in my Master’s Name;

 

Fr Des Smit